By Shanna McGoldrick
Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) is warning of the consequences of drink driving this Christmas.
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: "This time of year brings with it brandy pudding, mulled wine and Christmas parties. If you're heading out for a few drinks, make sure you have planned your journey home before you set off."
In addition to increasing the cost of your car insurance, or losing your license, a road accident could result in serious or even fatal injuries.
Rodger's driving tips for the Christmas period include remembering that home measures are usually larger than pub measures, and taking a taxi home if you have had a drink.
He also advises avoiding trying to calculate whether or not you might be over the drink-drive limit, reminding motorists that a drinking session the night before can easily put you over the legal limit the following morning.
And finally, he urges party guests to refuse a lift home from someone who has been drinking.
"A swift couple after work or a glass of wine with the staff lunch may seem harmless, but could have serious consequences if you get behind the wheel," he said. "It is not only about your safety, but the safety of other road users too. It's not worth the risk, so choose one or the other - to drink or to drive."