New research estimates that nationally, more than seven million Britons could be regularly driving under the influence.
Privilege Insurance, the company which interviewed nearly 2,000 people for its research, says anti drink-driving messages are simply not working.
One in 20 (4%) admit they have driven after drinking over 10 units of alcohol – which equates to more than five pints of beer. An eighth (12%) of drivers prefer to drink and then drive their own cars than take public transport and one in 10 drive as it is cheaper than taking a taxi.
The survey states that 12% still consider themselves to be safe drivers, even if they have had a drink. Work nights out are to blame for 9% of drivers taking to the road after an alcoholic drink. Social events, such as dinner with friends, are to blame for 58%, followed by family events such as weddings (12%).
Privilege managing director Ian Parker said: ‘The research findings reveal that drink- driving is still a serious problem in the UK. Many drivers don’t realise the danger of driving under the influence of alcohol – even one pint of beer can lead to impaired judgement.’