One unit of alcohol takes the body an hour to break down; so, for example, a person drinking three large glasses (250ml) of wine (15 per cent alcohol) in an evening,stopping at midnight, shouldn’t drive for 13 hours – that’s 1pm the following day.
The council is distributing posters and leaflets to all pubs and sports and social clubs in the Wokingham Borough as part of the ‘Morning After’ campaign.
It reminds drinkers that they could still be over the drink-drive limit following summer afternoons and evenings spent with family and friends.
Julie Pillai, road safety officer, said: “With the longer summer evenings and the prospect of barbeques, garden parties, weddings and family gatherings, it’s all too easy to forget how many glasses of wine or beer have been topped up during the day.
“Drink driving is a year round problem, affecting families and communities, by somebody making the mistake of not realising how long it can take for alcohol to clear the system."
With the region in the grip of a heatwave, many people are tempted to have an alcoholic drink.
But many are unaware of the fact they may still be over the drink drive limit if they choose to drive the following day.
A campaign urging motorists to think about whether they are fit to drive has been launched by Wokingham Borough Council.