Scottish Police say don’t Drink & Drive. We Agree.
But what about “the Morning After”?
With the new Scottish limit, just 2 pints & an early start could see you in jail.
With the new Scottish Drink Driving limit almost half what it used to be (and still is in England & Wales) most people who are out and drinking won’t be driving home. Or they’ll stay at home instead, where they can party without being worried about the drive back.
But what about the next morning?
Even under the old limits almost 1 in 5 Drink Driving Convictions were the result of drivers stopped “the morning after”; with the new limit this figure is likely to rise considerably – unless everyone simply doesn’t drink at all for at least 24 hours before driving. Unlikely.
So what CAN you do to make sure you are OK to drive before you set off in the morning?
There are essentially four choices:
- Give up drinking altogether – or at least leave at least 12 hours after drinking more than a couple of pints.
- Use a Digital Breathalyser to measure your alcohol level (but at just 50mg/100ml blood (22µg/100ml breath & 0.05%BAC), make sure it’s accurate enough – see below)
- Use an AlcoDigital Scottish Single Use Breathalyser to check before you go. If the colour changes – Don’t Drive.
- Just take a chance and guess. (not recommended!)
There are many who are quite happy to simply not drink at all – but they’re probably not reading this article. And there’s nothing wrong with a few drinks so long as you’re not still impaired when you get behind the wheel of a car – but without a breathalyser, at the new lower Scottish Limit it’s very difficult to just guess when you’re fit to drive. The Daily Mail recently did a test with five different women using and AlcoDigital Platinum to check their actual levels – and it proved once and for all that it’s impossible to simply count units and then expect your liver to metabolise the alcohol at a set rate. Everyone is different, and most people vary from day to day.
OK – you’ve decided a Breathalyzer is a good idea, but how do you decide what to buy?
Single use breathalyzers are cheap (just £2.99 each) and simple to use – but they won’t give you an accurate “reading” as such. To actually measure the level of alcohol in your body you need a Digital Breathalyser – which come with two different types of sensors – Semi-conductors (cheap, but not that accurate) and Fuel Cells (the same as the Police use).
Recommended Breathalysers for Scotland
Scottish Single Use Breathalyzers
Specially designed for Scotland and the new lower Limit of 50mg/100ml blood.
Unlike some single use breathalyzers with multiple lines for different limits, this has ONE – the Scottish one.
Single Breathalyser – just £(Free Shipping)
Pack of 2 – just £(Free Shipping)
Retail Drum of 25 – just £(Free Shipping)
Platinum Lite (Accuracy ±0.005%) This is our value for money fuel cell breathalyzer. While most fuel cells are above the £150 price mark this one is only £99.95 with little compromised in accuracy. It has a fixed mouthpiece and compact design. Perfect for the first time buyer who needs a reliable reading. £
AlcoDigital Platinum (Accuracy ±0.005%)
Our most popular fuel cell breathalyzer. This Fuel Cell breathalyser is a ground-breaking device, being the first in the World to have a user-replaceable Fuel Cell cartridge. Instead of returning the unit for calibration each year, just click out, click in and go. £ More Info
AlcoDigital LifeGuard (Accuracy ±0.005%) Made for AlcoDigital by Lifeloc, one of the largest suppliers to US Police Forces this is their premier Personal Fuel Cell Breathalyser with a wealth of features including a graphical display of the most recent tests and uses their latest 12mm Platinum Fuel Cell. £
AlcoDigital 3820 (Accuracy ±0.002%)
Made by Draeger but designed specifically for the personal user, it’s fuel cell is comparable to the Draeger 6510 unit that is in current use with many of the Scottish Police. If you want your own personal Police Breathalyser – this is it. £