Drivers warned not to drive too early

Sleeping off a heavy night’s drinking may not be enough.
Sleeping off a heavy night’s drinking may not be enough. Max Fleet BUNRBT

RACQ has warned Queenslanders about the dangers of driving too soon on New Year's Day if they've been drinking the night before.

Spokeswoman Renee Smith said commonly people assumed they'd be fine to drive after "sleeping it off" the night before, but often this wasn't the case.

"At the stroke of midnight the rest of 2015 may be swept away, but your drinks will still be in your system so give yourself plenty of time before jumping behind the wheel the next day," Ms Smith said.

"It's important to plan ahead, count the number of hours from bar to car, and keep in mind the amount of wait time will vary with each person.

"Everybody is different when it comes to processing alcohol, but as a guide the more you've had, and the later you're drinking into the night, the longer you should leave it before grabbing the car keys."

Ms Smith said those revellers who were planning to party and drive home needed to ensure they were under the limit.

"As a general rule for women that means a maximum of one standard drink in the first hour and one every hour after that, for men it is a maximum of two standard drinks in the first hour, and one each hour after that," she said.

"And if you're on your P plates - there is zero tolerance."

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