If you’ve ever drunk to excess, you know there’s nothing quite like the morning after the night before. A hangover can leave you sick, tired, and achy. There’s also the fact that if you’ve drank a lot, you could still be drunk even after a few hours of sleep, and that’s why so many people are charged with impaired driving the morning after a night out.
Edmonton police want people to be aware that driving with a hangover can result in you being charged with impaired driving, even if it’s the morning after when you decide to drive again. That’s because everyone will drink different amounts of alcohol when they go out, and people of varying heights and sizes will metabolize that alcohol differently.
An average sized person will take approximately two hours to metabolize one glass of beer, wine, or spirits. The clock doesn’t start running as soon as you start drinking either, because if you continue to consume glass after glass, your body has to metabolize all of the alcohol you drank. Before you know it you’ll need eight to ten hours of time before all of the alcohol is out of your system.
According to Edmonton police, it can take six hours for your body to remove the alcohol when you’re over the legal limit of .08. But some drivers can show signs of “hangover impairment,” and they may have up to 20 hours for those people to process that alcohol.
But there is good news: you can avoid a hangover charge for impaired driving. The next time you’re out drinking, follow these few steps:
Know how long it takes to process the alcohol you’re drinking.
A good tool you can use to do this is a personal breathalyzer. If you’re at the .08 level, you know you shouldn’t drive for at least six to eight hours, and you can use a personal breathalyzer to see where you’re at in terms of your BAC. You can also use it to test your blood alcohol content (BAC) when you do wake up the next morning. The results might surprise you.
Plan to not drive until late the next day
Getting up and driving home after sleeping on someone’s couch is fine, but not if you’re still over the legal limit. Ask a sober driver to pick you up and you can avoid hangover impairment altogether.
It’s easy to stay safe this winter when you plan ahead. All you have to do is always hand the keys to someone else if you’ve been drinking.