Centre for Road Safety

Plan ahead and avoid the risk

If you’re affected by alcohol or other drugs after a night out, trying to drive or ride home will put you and other road users in danger. Alcohol and other drugs (illegal, prescription and over-the-counter) can slow your reflexes, reduce coordination and increase risk taking behaviour, making a crash more likely.

More than one third of all fatal drink driving crashes occur between 9 pm and 3 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. In this 18-hour peak social period, your chances of being in a fatal alcohol-related crash are much higher than at any other time during the week.

Make a Plan B

For your own safety and the well-being of others, have a Plan B to get home. If you are planning a big night out, plan ahead:

  • Leave the car at home when you go out
  • Use public transport: Transport info website
  • Take a taxi: visit Taxis NSW 
  • Get a lift with someone who has not been drinking or using drugs
  • Stay at a friend’s house
  • Tell a friend or let someone know if you’ve been drinking or have taken drugs and don’t feel well enough to drive
  • Walk home, but take extra care as you will be a more vulnerable pedestrian

The next day

Your body needs time to get alcohol out of your system. Coffee, a big meal or cold showers will not reduce your blood alcohol content.
If you have had a lot to drink, you may be over the limit for much of the next day and should not drive. Getting back to zero explains how long it can take to get alcohol out of your system.