The bank with theory test questions has several questions about alcohol and driving.
Knowing that you shouldn't drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medicine is important. You should also know how alcohol affects you.
Remember that alcohol goes directly to your brain. It affects judgement of speed, distance and risk. It also reduces co-ordination and slows down reactions. Many times, alcohol also gives a false sense of confidence.
Very often people think that alcohol is a stimulant - it isn't. Alcohol is a depressant, it slows you down. If you are already tired when you drink, alcohol can make you even sleepier. A dangerous combination if you get behind the wheel.
In England and Wales you MUST NOT drive with a breath alcohol level higher than 35 microgrammes/100 millilitres of breath or a blood alcohol level of more than 80 milligrammes/100 millilitres of blood.
In Scotland the legal limits are lower. You MUST NOT drive with a breath alcohol level higher than 22 microgrammes/100 millilitres of breath or a blood alcohol level of more than 50 milligrammes/100 millilitres of blood.
If you have been drinking, there is no way to sober up quickly. The body needs time to get rid of the alcohol. You can be unfit to drive in the evening after drinking at lunchtime, or in the morning after drinking the previous evening.
Coffee, cold showers, or fresh air don't lower the alcohol level in your blood. Only time does.
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