Drink and Drug Driving Myths Exposed

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the main causes of incidents in Spain. Despite this, and a general knowledge that it poses a significant risk, the situation always worsens at certain times of year, such as summer, and the Christmas period.

According to figures from the General Directorate of Traffic, one in three deceased drivers tested positive for alcohol and other drugs.

As a result of continued complacency, the message is persistently trying to reach drivers that alcohol and / or drugs are not compatible with driving. Contrary to that message to reinforce the “don’t drink and drive” philosophy, there are also persistent claims that certain activities can result in you passing a breathalyser test, even if you have been drinking, which are categorically untrue. The only way to avoid being caught drink driving is to not consume alcohol, and, in terms of limits, the only safe level is zero.

Here, we explain some of the myths that do not work to hide alcohol and other drugs.

– Wait 1-2 hours

It doesn’t work. It is only effective if the wait is very long and is around 5-6 hours, as a standard mean time, but it does vary depending on the amount of alcohol consumed. It is quite common for drivers to still be affected by alcohol the morning after a night before.

– Consume coffee

It doesn’t work. The ingestion of coffee ‘fooled’ the first ethylometers several decades ago, but it does not produce any effect on modern equipment.

– Drinking water

It doesn’t work. There is no scientific evidence to support it. Drinking water does not dilute the presence of alcohol or drugs.

– Play sports / sweat

It doesn’t work. Saliva tests – used in road checks – are not affected by sweating or playing sports. Therefore, it doesn’t work.

– Eat lemons

It doesn’t work. Eating lemons does not produce any alteration in the concentration of the drug in the saliva, although it does stimulate its production.

– Drink energy drinks

It doesn’t work and it’s dangerous. The high concentrations of stimulants in these drinks can cause additive effects. It does not dilute the drug concentration and there are cases of sudden death described.

– Sleep for a while

It doesn’t work. Sleep, by itself, does not eliminate the amount of alcohol or drugs present in the body. Only if you sleep of more than five hours would it produce an effect, not because of the fact of sleeping, but because of the time elapsed, and again, depending on the amount consumed.

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