Thursday 18 December 2014

Electric Picnic fans reminded to stay safe for the weekend ahead

Published 28/08/2013 | 11:41

Sinead Cooney, Riannagh Morris and Aine Quirke from Kildare enjoying the Electric Picnic festival last year.

Electric Picnic festival-goers are being reminded of the effects alcohol and fatigue will have on their bodies when driving home on Monday morning.

Drinkaware.ie are telling this weekend’s festival fans that even a small amount of alcohol in your system coupled with tiredness will seriously affect their ability to drive home safely.

They are reminding people that it takes your body roughly one hour to get rid of one standard drink and, although cold showers and energy drinks might make you feel better, the only cure to sobering up is time.

Chief executive of drinkaware.ie Fionnuala Sheehan advised people to think twice before they sit behind the wheel.

“For anyone driving to Electric Picnic, we’re reminding them that even if you feel fine when you wake up on Monday morning you may still be over the limit to drive,” Sheehan said.

“Think about how many drinks you have had over the weekend and if you are in any doubt, wait it out, or you will put yourself and others at risk”.

Sheehan continued to let people know Electric Picnic offers options for those who want to drink responsibly over the weekend.

“There are a wide variety of events on offer and plenty of spots for people to go and take some time out,” she said.

“The message from drinkaware.ie is to pace yourself, and take control of how much and how fast you drink. By avoiding rounds, you won’t be under pressure to drink more and drink faster. Plus you’ll enjoy the festival at your own pace.”

Drinkaware.ie is also advising people to have water between alcoholic drinks and not to drink on an empty stomach.

“Even if you’re not driving, it’s important to make sure that you’re in a good state to get home safely after the concert.” added Ms. Sheehan.

Festival-goers are also being advised to consider public transport for the weekend if at all possible.

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