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The day after dangers of getting drunk.

Byline: By Steve Hughes

Britain's binge-drinking culture could bring a new meaning to the term getting wrecked, unless people consider the possible consequences before driving the morning after a night out.

A Government study found one in every five women visiting a pub now engage in a heavy drinking session. The report, which defines heavy drinking as the consumption of eight or more units of alcohol at a time, says binge drinking among mostly young professional women in their 20s and 30s, has risen by a staggering 70 per cent.

These figures, warns insurance company Hyperformance, raise a question over their fitness to drive the morning after a drinking session, especially when combined with medical evidence that women have a much lower tolerance to alcohol than men.

With one in five road deaths now alcohol-related, says the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS), Britain's growing culture of intoxication increases the chances of getting wrecked, literally. One estimate says half of all road accident casualties are people other than the drinking drivers themselves.
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Title Annotation:Motors News
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 15, 2003
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