The Drink Drive Limit

There are strict alcohol limits for drivers (The limits in Scotland are different to the rest of the UK):-

The Drink Drive Limits

 Level of alcohol  England, Wales and Northern Ireland  Scotland
 Micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath  35  22
 Milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood  80  50
 Milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine  107  67

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to say exactly how many drinks this equals – it’s different for each person, due to some of the following reasons:

  • your weight, age, sex and metabolism (the rate your body uses energy)
  • the type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking
  • what you’ve eaten recently
  • your stress levels at the time

You could be imprisoned, banned from driving and face a fine if you’re found guilty of drink-driving.

The actual penalty you get is up to the magistrates who hear your case, and depends on your offence.

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