Drinking and Driving

Our position is simple:
If you drink, you shouldn’t drive and if you drive, you shouldn’t drink.

Even the smallest amount of alcohol can affect your ability to control a car. Therefore, at no time should you feel that the nature of your job conflicts with your ability to adhere to drink-driving legislation.

If any member of the Executive or other senior manager is convicted of drink driving then he or she should expect to lose their job, as we expect these staff to be role models for our commitment to responsible drinking. Any employee whose role requires them to hold a licence would also lose their job as they would be unable to fulfil their required functions.

If any other employee is convicted of drink driving, they will be subject to disciplinary action which may also involve loss of employment.

If you are required to drive on the morning after an evening event, you must moderate your consumption to ensure you are fit to drive and attend your place of work at the usual time. If you are taking part in activities such as wine or spirits training you should plan an alternative method of transport and not drive unless your blood alcohol level has time to get back down to zero.

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The best way to ensure that you are within legal alcohol blood levels is to plan not to drive if you are drinking. If you are planning an evening out, pick a designated driver or plan to take public transport or a taxi. If you choose to accept a drink, simply leave your car and make arrangements to pick it up another day. Similarly, you should never accept a ride from an intoxicated driver. If this is a business contact, you may discreetly suggest the entire party take a taxi or public transport instead. If the driver insists, decline and take a taxi yourself.
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