A question many people ask is how much alcohol you can drink while still driving.
Alcohol can severely impair a person’s ability to drive, including through slowed reaction and coordination skills, drowsiness or blurred vision.
New road traffic regulations 2022
Limits in the UK vary from country to country so here is the information you need to reach a safe drinking level.
What is the drink driving limit in the UK?
That Drink driving limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath.
In Scotland, that limit is reduced to 22 micrograms – so you could break the limit with just one drink.
On the Metropolitan Police websiteIt states: “There is no way of knowing how much you can drink and stay under the limit as this can depend on your weight, age, metabolism, the amount of food you have eaten and other factors.”
The safest measure you can take is not to drink at all if you know you will have to drive.
What are the capacity levels for different alcoholic beverages?
Pint of Lower Strength Lager/Beer/Cider (568ml, ABV 3.6%) – 2 units
Pint of regular lager/beer/cider (568ml, ABV 4%) – 2.3 units
Pint of Stronger Lager/Beer/Cider (568ml, 5.2% Vol) – 3 units
Bottle of lager/beer/cider (330 ml, alcohol content 5%) – 1.7 units
Can of lager/beer/cider (500ml, ABV 5.5%) – 2.8 units
Small glass of wine (125 ml, ABV 13%) – 1.6 units
Standard glass of wine (175 ml, ABV 13%) – 2.3 units
Large glass of wine (250 ml, ABV 13%) – 3.3 units
Alcopop (275 mL, ABV 4.5%) – 1.5 units
Single shot spirits (25 ml, 40% vol.) – 1 unit
Double shot (50 ml, 40% vol.) – 2 units
What happens if you get caught drunk driving?
If you are found guilty drinking and drivingThey face up to six months imprisonment, an unlimited fine and a driving ban of at least one year.
Always designate a designated driver and when in doubt, never drink or consume alcohol products before driving.
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