Mix FM starts drinking in the morning to save lives
RADIO personality Caroline Hutchinson doesn't normally have red wine for breakfast and after two-and-half glasses before 9am she now knows why this isn't a good idea.
Caroline and co-host Mark Darin put their bodies on the line to test just how much booze they could drink before they faced the risk of being caught at a breathalyser.
With the help of police officer Senior Constable Mark Readman, the couple drank while on air for their breakfast show.
They had both aimed to drink the equivalent of four standard drinks, but after "two-and-a-half" Caroline knew she had met her match.
"It hit me like a steam train," she said.
"It may have been the time of the day, I don't normally drink when I wake up, but I was surprised how tipsy I felt."
The effects of the alcohol quickly showed, not only with Caroline slurring the odd word on air, but she was over the legal limit to be able to drive on the road.
Mark, on the other hand, was still below the limit after five standard drinks.
"They said this was absolutely text book," Caroline said.
"They used to say women could drink two standard drinks and men three, but they revised it to only one for woman," she said
Their experience is a timely warning for anyone who is yet to have their Christmas party.
"I have always thought once I have two drinks I won't drive, I think my husband thought that was overkill," Caroline said.
"Now I am glad I never have. I was clearly tipsy after two drinks and I was also clearly over the limit."
"He was at pains to explain the alcohol has to come out of your body and at some point in the day he would register a high read," she said.
"They gave an example you go to a work party and have 10 drinks up till midnight and the next morning at 7am you drive to work and you are caught at a Random Breathe Test.
"It takes your body about one hour to metabolise one standard drink.
"It also doesn't mater how much water, coffee or kebabs you have, this doesn't change your blood alcohol reading."
DRINK IN MODERATION:
Everyone is different, but as a guide:
- Men-no more than 2 standard drinks in the first hour and 1 standard drink each hour after that.
- Women-no more than 1 standard drink each hour.