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Alcohol – Driving over the Festive Period

December 22, 2017 by Joanne Carey0

Click here to see our guest blog titled ‘Driving at Christmas’ by Paul Clarke

The infographic was put together by Paul Clarke and his team at Rehab 4 Alcoholism, an alcohol rehab in the United Kingdom.  All facts in this infographic relate to the UK, but many of the facts are representative to other English-speaking countries that also celebrate Christmas.

Paul asked us to share this infographic on our website to raise awareness about drink driving at Christmas. The aim is to discourage people from considering taking this risk and to thus save lives. Publishing this website here allows Paul to spread this important message to a wider audience.

The infographic reveals that there is a 40% increase in alcohol consumption during December each year. During December 2016, Brits consumed around 600 million units of alcohol. This equates to around 21.4 million bottles of vodka, or 60 million bottles of wine. Since around 60 million people live in the United Kingdom, this equates to around one bottle of wine per person!

 

The infographic reveals around 110,226 breath tests were conducted nationally in December 2016, of which 5,543, or 5% were positive, failed or refused.

From this number, young people were more likely to fail or refuse a breath test.  5.27% of under-25s stopped by police failed or refused a breath test during the campaign, compared to 3.39% of drivers age 25+.

Click here to read the original post on Rehab 4 Alcoholism’s website

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