Drinking more than the recommended limit can be harmful, but there are also times when it’s better not to drink at all:
- When driving. There is NO safe limit for drinking and driving. Never ever drink and drive. Also remember that someone who drinks a lot in the evening may still have alcohol in their bloodstream the next morning. For more information on this, visit the DOE Road Safety website at www.doeni.gov.uk/roadsafety
- When pregnant.
- When sleeping with your baby. Sometimes parents decide to bring their baby into bed for feeding and settling at night. In such circumstances, even two units of alcohol will increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or overlaying (rolling over and smothering) your baby. Falling asleep with your baby on a sofa after drinking is particularly dangerous. Just as you wouldn’t get into a car and drive if you’ve been drinking, don’t get into bed with your baby if you’ve been drinking.
- When on medication.
- Before or when operating machinery. Alcohol slows reaction times, affects vision and balance, and makes bodily movements harder to control. Avoid activities that require physical coordination or quick response.
- When working with electrical equipment or ladders.
- When taking part in potentially risky activities such as swimming and other competitive sports.