National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

06 December 2016

If you’re looking forward to a jam-packed social calendar over the festive season, make sure your Christmas is one to remember for all the right reasons with our top tips:

  1. If you’re thinking of drinking, plan in advance how you will get home at the end of the night. Book a taxi or organise a lift.
  2. Eat well before you go out. Food will slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol.
  3. Drinking in rounds often means you will drink more. Skip some rounds or opt for a soft drink instead. Don’t try to keep up with friends who drink more than you normally would – remember that’s their choice. 
  4. Be aware that pub measures are very large – you may be drinking more units than you intend to. 
  5. Avoid leaving your drink unattended. 
  6. Tap water is free and available everywhere!
  7. Don’t offer an alcoholic drink to someone who is planning to drive. 
  8. There is no excuse for drink-driving. ‘I’m only going down the road’ will not prevent an accident. A large proportion of crashes occur within three miles of where the journey started. 
  9. Don’t accept a lift from a driver who has been drinking – help them to find alternative arrangements home. 
  10. Be aware of the effects of drinking the morning after. You can still be over the limit to drive the next day. It takes approximately one hour for every unit of alcohol to leave your body. 
  11. Look out for each other and make sure everyone is safe so you all have an enjoyable evening.

Drink Driving – It’s not worth the risk

If you are convicted of drink driving, you could also receive:
•    A minimum 12 month driving ban
•    A criminal record
•    A hefty fine
•    Up to 6 months in prison
•    An endorsement on your licence for 11 years

However, this list does not reflect the everyday consequences of being caught drink driving which can include:
•    Increase in car insurance costs
•    Job loss
•    Trouble getting in to countries like the USA
•    The shame of having a criminal record

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