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Too Many Boozy Chocolates Could Actually Put You Over The Drink Drive Limit

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Too Many Boozy Chocolates Could Actually Put You Over The Drink Drive Limit

As tradition goes, from Christmas until the New Year it's officially the time to eat, drink and be merry.

However, designated drivers amongst us have to be wary of what we're consuming, and ensure we're not knocking back too many eggnogs or even indulging in too many slices of brandy-coated Christmas cake.

Yep, it's easy to forget that all sorts of our favourite festive snacks are given a boozy boost over the holidays - and they could actually be pushing you over the drink driving limit.

One of the most shocking revelations for us was that booze filled Christmas choccies actually have the potential to make you too tipsy to drive.

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Yep, we hate to be the ones to break it to you, but there's actual alcohol in those bad boys.

Watch how much booze is in your chocolates (Credit: Shutterstock)
Watch how much booze is in your chocolates (Credit: Shutterstock)

According to research by All Car Leasing, consuming over 30 standard boozy chocolates could mean you aren't safe to get behind the wheel.

What's more, being caught over the limit could land you with a gigantic £25,000 fine or even three months in prison.

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The drink driving limit in England is 35 micrograms of alcohol for 100 millilitres of breath, while the limit in Scotland is lower, at 22 micrograms.

But the speed at which the alcohol is absorbed can vary depending on age, sex, weight and your metabolism.

Factors such as when you've eaten and levels of stress also play a role here.

Are you driving this holiday season? (Credit: Unsplash)
Are you driving this holiday season? (Credit: Unsplash)
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The amount of boozy chocolate you can consume within these limits in England might surprise you - only 30 in total.

As for brandy soaked Christmas cake, only two portions will keep you 'safe', and the same goes for tiramisu.

You can treat yourself to three portions of sherry trifle, according to the guidelines, as well as around five portions of Christmas pudding.

(All of this depends how much booze you douse your desserts in, of course!)

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The guidelines also recommend drinking no more than six glasses of eggnog before getting behind the wheel.

Christmas food could be pushing you over the limit (Credit: Pexels)
Christmas food could be pushing you over the limit (Credit: Pexels)

Meanwhile, seven slabs of brandy butter will have to be your limit, alongside 20 alochol-infused mince pies.

It's drinking alongside your boozy snacking that is the biggest risk, All Car Leasing say on their website.

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"If you've already had a glass of wine or a pint with your dinner, chasing up with a portion or two of Christmas pudding will place you dangerously close to the legal limit, if not over," the company says.

"That's because it's a tradition to pour brandy all over the cake and set it on fire."

Before you head to the fridge to stock up on leftover Christmas cake or reach for the boozy chocolates, this is certainly something to consider...

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: Christmas, Tasty Drink, Alcohol, Tasty

Joanna Freedman
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