What has drinking alcohol while on a long drive got to do with drink driving?
Everything, Harry. You are not supposed to consume alcohol at all when driving a vehicle of all sorts. It wasn't until shortly I learned that you're not even allowed to ride a bicycle when you are drunk. At least in the Netherlands, that is. I don't know what Polish legislation says about this.
And no, you are not supposed to drink alcohol during breaks while driving. Alcohol takes up to 8 hrs to disappear from your system and even one pint can hamper your judgement and speed of reacting.
But maybe that's just me. I always get very angry about drinking alcohol when driving or driving after you consumed alcohol. And don't think that it's ok to go out driving tomorrow afternoon when you will be drinking a lot tonight. The alcohol will still be in your system and even though you didn't drink on the day itself, if the police stop you and do an alcohol test, the levels of alcohol will still be too high in your blood. Like a friend of mine found out.
Concluding: I am firmly against drinking alcohol at all when driving a car. I can live with riding a bicycle when drunk (after all, I did so myself many times), but any motorized vehicle is a massive no-no after drinking alcohol. And besides, I still think you're a murderer when you drink-drive and cause an accident that kills somebody else. Unfortunately also from experience.
M-G (never drinks and drives)