How much can you drink and stay under the limit?

In England and Wales, the alcohol limit for drivers is:

  • 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood,
  • 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath or
  • 107 milligrams per 100 millilitres of urine.

On December 5th 2014 the alcohol limit for drivers in Scotland decreased from 80 milligrams of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood to 50 milligrams of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood. The breath alcohol equivalent reduced from 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath to 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

But how much does this actually mean you can drink before you can get behind the wheel without breaking the law? The answer is that unfortunately there is no fail-safe way of drinking and remaining under the limit. The quantity of alcohol you would need to drink to be considered over the driving limit varies from person to person and can depend on a number of different factors, including –

  • your weight
  • your age
  • your gender
  • your metabolism
  • whether you’ve eaten recently
  • the type of alcohol you’re drinking
  • your current stress levels

Even the smallest amounts of alcohol will have an effect on your ability to drive. Two pints of beer have very little effect on one person, while leaving the next swaying! The only safe advice is to try to avoid having any alcohol if you know you are driving.

Last year over 90,000 people were convicted of drink driving. This number is far too high and it is vital that people are educated about the devastating and sometimes fatal consequences that driving under the influence can cause.

Nevertheless, we understand that for many people just the shock of realizing that they were driving over the legal limit is enough to make them never do it again. At Insure 365 we know that being given a drink driving conviction can be very frightening and you might not know what to do after receiving a ban. Call us today and let us help you get the fair insurance you deserve and give you all the advice and support you may need: 0800 0282007.