Throughout the years, the residents of Albert Square have provided us with all the dramas, screaming arguments and iconic sayings (RICKAAAAY)!
However, they have also shone the light on hard-hitting storylines to highlight issues that we all should take on board.
On last night’s episode, Linda Carter was arrested whilst dropping her son off at school after a heavy night of enjoying one too many bevs!
Although many people might just see EastEnders as a typical soap opera, in reality, the storyline is highlighting an extremely important issue that we should all consider, especially as the festive season approaches.
Research conducted by the road safety charity, BRAKE, found that almost one in five people admitted to driving the morning after having a lot to drink the night before.
The danger of this is whether or not you are still over the limit.
In the case of Linda Carter, she was still over the limit, which caused her to bump into another car and ultimately, be arrested.
As the run-up to Christmas begins, the drinks start to flow, the staff parties get well underway and there’s no denying that the festivities truly make it the most wonderful time of the year.
However, without sounding like a Scrooge, remember to keep in mind whether or not you will be driving the next day.
Drinkaware’s Chief Medical Advisor, Dr Paul Wallace, states: “The amount of alcohol in your bloodstream depends on three things. The amount you take in, over what period of time and the speed at which your body gets rid of it.”
The rate in which alcohol is removed from the blood is approximately one unit an hour. However, this varies depending on certain factors of the individual, including:
- How much food you’ve eaten
- The speed of your metabolism
- State of your liver
If you have no other choice but to drive the next day, then the best option is to not drink at all, or follow these tips:
- Lower your intake of alcohol the night before
- Alternate your drinks with water or a soft drink
- Make sure you stop drinking alcohol all together well before the end of the night, so your body has enough time to remove the alcohol in your blood.
If you’re unsure whether or not you’re still over the limit, do not risk it!
We all know the consequences of drink driving. Not only are you breaking the law, but you are also putting you and everybody else in danger. If you know you are going out, be mindful of what your plans are the next day.
The best solution is to not drive at all. You can enjoy your night, get merry and spread the Christmas cheer without creating any risks the next day.