40% of drivers take ‘morning after’ risk

Men and younger drivers are more likely to risk driving under the influence the morning after drinking, a study by AA Ireland has found.

It also shows almost one in seven people have taken a lift from someone they know or suspected was over the limit in the past year.

Young men aged up to 24 were more than twice as likely to have taken a lift from a drink-driver than other groups.

With Garda checkpoints operating day and night in a Christmas enforcement campaign, participants were also asked if they had driven ‘the morning after night before’, unsure if they were over the limit.

While 40% have done so, three-quarters had only done so rarely. Just 2% did so regularly, and about a dozen did so every day.

However, the numbers were reversed when the answers of younger drivers are taken on their own, with 60% of those aged 17-to-24 having taken the ‘morning- after’ risk. Almost 45% of men had done so, compared to just 35% or females.

More than 70% of young men and half of young women have taken the risk in the last year.

And one in four people had been a passenger of someone who was severely hungover, with more than double the proportion of younger people doing so.

The poll results from AA Motor Insurance prompted a call to party-goers not to take lifts from anyone they believe to be over the limit.

AA Ireland also said drivers taking long journeys should avoid a heavy night the night before, and react responsibly if they start feeling tired.


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