Drink drive message hits hard with women


New research by women's car insurance specialist Diamond suggests the don't drink and drive message has got through to most women motorists. They feel that not drinking at all is the best way to avoid increasing the 3000 people killed or seriously injured each year in drink drive collisions.

Diamond questioned 800 women from across the country and asked them how many units of alcohol they would drink and still consider themselves safe to drive. The response makes positive reading; the number who answered zero was 73%, a figure that stood at just 55% in 2003.

Diamond managing director, Sian Lewis, commented, "What constitutes a unit can be confusing as the range and strength of alcoholic drinks including wine continues to increase. A standard glass of wine tends to be served in a 175ml glass and so this can easily constitute at least 2 units. Some establishments serve large 250ml glasses of wine which can contain 3 units of alcohol."

Of the women surveyed, the amount who would drink 1 to 2 units of alcohol and drive fell to 25% from 41% in 2003, and the amount that would drink 3 units or more fell to 2% from 4% in 2003.

Sian continued, "The legal drink-drive limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, however any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely, and who honestly knows what they can drink and be under the limit? The danger with larger and stronger drinks is that they can easily push you over this limit, so the best advice, if you want to avoid a fatal accident, driving ban or large fine, is not to drink at all."


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