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How long should I stay away from alcohol prior to drink driving medical test?

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BryanDowns 03 Nov 2008

I was banned from driving 4 years ago for being 4 times over the legal limit and since this happenned, I only drink on special occasions and it's my 25th birthday on the 8th of November and I've got the drink driving ban medical on the 25th of November? Would this affect my test results?


gices 04 Nov 2008

I've heard people who have refrained from alcohol consumption 3 weeks prior to their medical test fail their liver function test. You are so close to getting back your licence and it would be a shame to take such a risk after waiting for 4 years.

To increase your chances of getting back your licence, you may want to consider following these tips to clear your liver from alcohol shared by others who were in a similar situation as you.

Once cleared, you can then celebrate both your birthday and getting back your licence - bearing in mind not to drink and drive again though!

anonymous_2 23 Sep 2013

I don't drink (often at all) so never realized the consequencs when I got drunk after a blazing row with wife. I was stopped and breathalised and then banned.

I never touched a drop for 14 months but had about 6 light cocktails at my partners 40th last night. I understood the gamma levels only rise after chronic alcohol consumption so despite having my medical in a week I drank the equivalent of 7 pints.

I don't drink much or do drugs but am still concerned just this one time may put me in trouble.

Am I right to worry or is the gamma only raised after prolonged use in which case 7 pints (equiv) in one go a week before the test is ok (nothing i can do about it now anyway).

luannon 06 Oct 2019

At what point do they do the medical before getting your licence?

I'm due to take a dvla medical soon. I'm due to have my licence back on 6th Dec how soon before that do they do the medical? How long should you refrain from drinking? I'm taking Milk Thistle, does this help?

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fickle 06 Oct 2019

Milk Thistle certainly helps and moderate drinkers usually abstain from alcohol for 1-2 weeks but if you're a heavy drinker, you might want to go without a drink for a longer period.

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anonymous_2 06 Oct 2019

Thank you, this whole experience has been quite a daunting one!!,

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Danny_5 06 Oct 2019

Is 9 weeks enough?

Hi I was really silly and got caught drink driving last year.. I am now coming up to the end of my ban and have to take a medical.. does anyone know much about the medical ? After what my tutor has told me on my driver awareness course I am so nervous due to the fact I have drink fairly heavy most weekends for the past few months - also have taken coke and MDMA not much but still so scared of failing the medical. I have read on this site and found some answers I was looking as far as the drinking is concerned - can anyone tel me is 9 weeks completely drink and drug free going to pass the test?

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qwerty13 07 Jul 2010

OMG I'm worrying about it! This is a joke, ain't sleeping I have 10 days till mine and I went out monday nite and got very drunk!!! They can't surely expect us to not drink at all.... that's insane, everyone like a drink!!! gosh man!!! stressing!!!! kaylee

anonymous_2 23 Sep 2013

I had my dvla medical 3 weeks ago and got my licence back no problem
I have a drink (only light beer) every night and only stopped drinking 1 night before the test.
I think they are after the hardcore drinkers that are on a bottle of vodka a day.
I have to admit though I was worried they would not give me the licence back. It was a vey tense 3 weeks waiting! Now I have to face the sky high insurance quotes I'm getting!!!

Lisa_2 15 Jul 2009

I had recently had a LFT and it came back perfectly fine, I am due to have a DVLA medical in 2 days and have not had a drink for 10 days, will I pass this?

anonymous_2 23 Sep 2013

I'm a heavy drinker 2 weeks before I had my medical I just used to eat lots of fruit grapefruits oranges and lots of blueberrys drink 3 litres of volvic water a day and take 2 milk thistle tablets a day, you can buy them from tesco for £3.50 take multi vitimins as well .3 weeks after my medical my licence came in the post...

Sid 09 Mar 2009

Hi, I have soon to take my dvla medical after my drink driving ban. Does anyone know how strict they are on liver damage? I still drink time to time but nowhere as near as much as I did before. So, does anyone know how damaged the liver can be to still regain a licence?