The Festive Party Season in Numbers: Drink & Drug Driving

Festive Season - Drink & Drug Driving

Over the Christmas period many people will take the opportunity to see friends, family and celebrate the year. These celebrations can take many forms, but more often than not involve a drink or two. In fact during December alone 600 million units of alcohol are consumed in the UK which is 41% higher than any other time of year. This brings huge implications to health and safety with excess drinking and partying contributing to accidents on the road.

In December 2015 1888 drug screen tests were carried out across England and Wales and nearly 50% were positive. Research in 2015 by co-op insurance showed that 744,000 drivers will knowingly drink and drive at Christmas, giving the following reasons:

Top 10 Drink Driving Excuses (Reference)

Reason % using this reason
It won’t harm anyone 31%
A taxi is too expensive 28%
I don’t want to walk home 25%
I’ve done it before 20%
The roads will be quiet when I drive 18%
Alcohol doesn’t affect me 18%
I can handle my drink 13%
Alcohol doesn’t affect my driving 10%
I know other people do it 7%
I don’t want to rely on anyone else 7%


At Christmas everyone is entitled to enjoy themselves, but should be able to do so without putting themselves or others at risk. Some very basic steps can be taken to avoid driving your car whilst under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol:

. Be responsible

. Choose a designated driver

. Leave at the same time as your designated driver

. If there is no designated driver, leave your car at home and arrange a lift

. Make sure your phone is charged in case you need an emergency taxi / lift

. If someone in your group has been drinking / taking drugs and planning to drive, take their keys

Randox Testing Services

At Randox Testing Services we believe that when it comes to driving, the safest thing to do is not to consume any drugs or alcohol and then drive. This is why we have taken steps to raise awareness of the problem and help offer practical advice. If you have any queries please contact

From everyone at Randox Testing Services we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and New Year.