Can I Drink If I'm Not On Duty?

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Eric H.'s Comment
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Trucker in between jobs here. Many applications out, don't know when I might get called for a road test / drug test.. Is it okay to have a drink?

ID Mtn Gal's Comment
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If you are having a beer, wine or a stiff drink at supper, it'll be out of your system by the next day, so you should be just fine. If you have drink at lunch time then you could very well be up a crick without the proverbial paddle.

Why don't you just stop drinking and not worry about it till you have a job and are on home time where you know when you'll be going out.

BK's Comment
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Just curious, what happened with your last job? Was alcohol or any other substance involved? Your question prompts questions like these.

Pianoman's Comment
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Trucker in between jobs here. Many applications out, don't know when I might get called for a road test / drug test.. Is it okay to have a drink?

Sure. Just have a drink in the evening since you won't be called for a drug test until the next day anyways

Errol V.'s Comment
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Official policy for alcohol drinks goes like this:

No alcohol for four hours before you go on duty.

No alcohol until eight hours after an accident you are involved in.

There's some finer points to these regulations, but if you follow these pointers you should be ok.

As a non-employee I don't expect a company would require an ASAP alcohol test. (Drug testing is a different thing.)


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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