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Research Shows that Weekend Binge Drinking Can Lead to Parents Drink Driving - Warns the Linwood Group
Date:3/20/2009

Linwood Group warns that parents who save their drinking for one or two nights a week could be putting their children in danger.

London, UK (PRWEB) March 20, 2009 -- Commenting on recent research the Linwood Group warn that parents who binge drink at the weekend may be guilty of drunk driving as well.

Few parents would dream of getting behind the wheel of a car with their children in the back seat after they'd had a few drinks. To do so would clearly indicate an alcohol dependency problem capable of over-riding all concern for their kids' safety.

Most would fiercely argue that they'd never do such a thing - but what about those who drive on the morning after a big night out? According to a December 2008 survey by the AA, four out of five UK drivers believe they may have driven the morning after a night's drinking when the level of alcohol in their blood was still too high.

Parents may be at particular risk of falling into this trap. Many abstain from alcohol during the week in order to fulfill weekday family commitments and only drink on Friday and Saturday nights.

But if they overdo it on these evenings, they may be putting their kids at serious risk as they ferry them to and from their various weekend activities: swimming lessons, ballet, mini rugby and so on. It's easy to underestimate how long it takes blood alcohol levels to return to safe limits after a night's drinking. Even fewer people recognise that driving when hungover vastly increases the chances of being involved in an accident - by up to four times, according to researchers at Brunel University.

The risks to their health and family's welfare are far graver than that, however. Abstaining in the week but indulging in weekend 'benders' is a
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