Some revellers will drink so much to see in the new year that they will be potentially over the legal driving limit for nearly all of January 1, the AA has warned.
As many as 21 per cent of people plan to drink at least 10 units of alcohol at New Year’s Eve celebrations, potentially putting them still over the limit by noon on New Year’s Day.
And the the AA/Populus survey of more than 21,000 drivers also revealed that two per cent would drink to such an extent that they risked being over the limit as late as 10pm on New Year’s Day.
Of drivers aged 18-34, as many as 13 per cent said they would knock back enough to still put them over the limit by 6pm on January 1, while drivers in Northern Ireland were most likely to say they would not be drinking at all.
Drivers in London and the North East of England were most likely to drink the most on New Year’s Eve.
A separate AA/Populus survey earlier this year showed that 56 per cent of drivers did not know when it was safe to get behind the wheel the morning after drinking.
Jim Kirkwood, managing director of the AA Driving School, said: “Knowledge about the risks of drink-driving is generally fairly good, but this is not the case when it comes to the risk of drivers still being over the limit the morning after drinking.
“The best advice we can give is to avoid excessive drinking if you know you need to drive the following day.”