DRINK RITE: Constable Renee Hogan performing a breath test on volunteer Adriane Rawiri.
DRINK RITE: Constable Renee Hogan performing a breath test on volunteer Adriane Rawiri. Kelly Butterworthemedrink

Emerald Drink Rite night a success

DIFFERENT people respond differently to alcohol, that isn't any secret, but Emerald police were out to cement the warning at a Drink Rite night held at the Emerald Star Hotel.

Sergeant Rob Smith and Constable Renee Hogan attended the night, and Sgt Smith said it was a success.

"We received great feedback from the patrons and the staff," Sgt Smith said.

Six volunteers each drank four drinks and were breath tested 10 minutes after each drink, to see their BAC.

 

"It is not unusual when breath testing people that different people had different readings," Sgt Smith said.

"This is due to a combination of factors including age, sex, weight and food intake."
 

Standard drink tests were also conducted on the night, where patrons were asked to pour what they thought would be a standard drink.

"If anything, people poured over, so they were actually pouring more than a standard drink," Sgt Smith said.

The event, which was held on Friday, attracted a lot of attention from patrons that were keen to see their BAC after a few drinks.

"It's a good opportunity for people to have a chance to be breath tested in a safe environment," Sgt Smith said.

Adriane Rawiri volunteered for the night and said it was valuable experience.

"I thought it went really well," she said.

"The results were not what I expected, I thought I may have been way over the limit, but I wasn't. It was a great event, I would definitely advise people to be more aware of their consumption of alcohol."

Only one of the four volunteers reached 0.08%.

Drink Rite is a Queensland Police Service initiative which aims to promote a responsible attitude towards drinking.

During the event, the six volunteers were each surprised with their results. While some slowly increased their BAC, others went up and down, proving there isn't any real way to measure your BAC before driving.

What can affect your BAC?

How much you drink

Time period

Weight

How long since eating

How fit and healthy you are

Medications

Liver function

Whether you drink

regularly

Mood

Gender

Type of alcohol


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