Drink driving is extremely dangerous and illegal. Any amount of
alcohol will affect your ability to drive and this can have
As an example, if you were to drive at twice the legal alcohol
limit, you are at least 30 times more likely to cause a road crash,
than a driver who hasn't been drinking.
The legal limit for driving is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of
blood although each individual is different and people are affected
in different ways.
There are several factors that will affect your tolerance to
- Current stress levels
- Recent food consumption
- Amount of alcohol.
All these factors mean that the only safe option is not to drink
alcohol if you plan to drive, and never offer an alcoholic drink to
someone else who is intending to drive.
Even after a heavy night of drinking the alcohol in your system
does not just disappear over night. Your body takes time to break
the alcohol down and therefore the next day you may actually still
be over the legal limit to drive.
The consequences for drink driving are severe. Causing death by
dangerous driving while under the influence of alcohol will result
in a maximum jail sentence of 14 years in prison and a minimum of a
two-year driving ban.
However, the consequences if caught drink driving can be
damaging to your lifestyle and way of life.
People convicted of drink driving will not only receive a
criminal record but may lose their job or struggle to find
employment in future roles, increased insurance premiums and a loss
of respect from family and friends.
- The legal limit above which you must not drive is 35
microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath or 80
microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood
- The amount of alcohol it takes a person to reach these levels
is very difficult to determine and will vary between
- There is no safe answer. The only way to guarantee that you
will provide a negative breath test is not to drink
- At twice the current drink-drive limit you are at least 50
times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision
- On average, 3,000 people a year are killed or seriously injured
in drink-drive collisions
- One in seven deaths on the roads involve drivers who are over
the legal limit.