'Hangover' Cannot Be Underestimated, Says Drinkaware

The effect of the 'Morning After' cannot be underestimated, says drinkaware.ie ahead of the August bank holiday weekend.

The reality is that many people do not think about what they drank the night before when they get in the car the following morning.

Fionnuala Sheehan, drinkaware.ie Chief Executive said: "A standard drink is equal to a glass of beer or cider, a small glass of wine, or a pub measure of spirits.

"This means that your pint is actually two standard drinks, and cocktails containing two or three shots of spirits would be the equivalent of two to three standard drinks. It takes your body about one hour to get rid of one standard drink, so you might not be safe to drive the morning after a night involving alcohol.

"The message from drinkaware.ie is to take responsibility for your drinking, do the maths and if you think that you are not ok to drive, then don't risk it. Equally, the message to others drinking over the weekend is not to get in a car with anyone who you think is not safe to drive."

To pace yourself on a night out drinkaware.ie encourages people to intersperse their alcoholic drinks with a glass of water or a soft drink. Ms. Sheehan added: "This will slow down the pace of your drinking and help you to drink moderately. It will also help you to remain well hydrated and you will feel better the following day."

She concluded by discussing the myths there are about cures and soakage strategies: "The only cure is time and although strong coffee and a full Irish may make you feel better, they won't make you safe to drive."


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