A new app which lets people calculate roughly when the alcohol they have drunk will have passed through their body has been launched as part of the newest Morning After drink driving campaign. Although the app is designed to give you a rough idea of your blood alcohol level it isn’t a danger, the voices behind the campaign are still strict in their belief that you should never drink any alcohol if you’re planning to drive.
The new Morning After Calculator App is available on the Google Play Store and soon on the iTunes store too. The app presents a wide range of alcoholic drinks to choose between and it allows the user to tap in the drinks they’re consuming as they consume them and then it calculates roughly when the alcohol will have made its way through and out of the body. On a basic level it allows one hour for each unit of alcohol and an additional hour to allow for the alcohol to enter the bloodstream and then this figure is rounded up to the nearest half hour. The calculation is based on when somebody stops drinking rather than when they start, as this provides further safety.
The Project Manager of Morning After makes it very clear that this app is not an excuse to see how many drinks you can get away with. It won’t provide any support if you are arrested for drink driving and she states clearly ‘If you are drinking any amount of alcohol on a night out – even one drink – you should leave the car at home and make alternative arrangements.’ What it is useful for is helping you to calculate when to stop drinking if you do need to drive the next day and therefore have more control over your enjoyment and drinking without inadvertently breaking the law the next day.
Drink Driving Statistics
Statistics from the Association of Chief Police Officers that date back to 2011 show that more people failed breath tests between 6am and 11am than 11pm or after midnight, showing that many people simply aren’t aware of the consequences or the longevity of alcohol in the system. More than this people are willing to take the risk or don’t realise that they the effects of alcohol the ‘morning after.’
With provisional drink drive casuality statistics for 2013 released by the Department of Transport this February, we can see that there were still around 260 deaths due to drink driving in 2015 and whilst serious injuries and all types of casualties are at an all-time low, there are still too many occurring.
This new app may help people take more responsibility for their drinking and more than that it’s raising awareness of the risks and giving people the opportunity to take control of their own safety and the safety of others on the road.