Drink driving kills.
The police advice is clear: Even if you’ve had a small amount of alcohol, you shouldn’t drive.
Drinking alcohol slows down the mind and body’s responses, making it harder to react to unexpected situations, increasing the chances of having an accident behind the wheel.
The drink drive limit is the same for England, Northern Ireland and Wales but is different in Scotland. The current limit in England is:
- 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath (the 'breath limit')
- 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100ml of blood (the 'blood limit')
- 107 milligrammes of alcohol in 100ml of urine (the 'urine limit')
The number of drinks you've had does not matter – the drink driving law in England is clear.
If you’re driving under the influence of alcohol you risk:
- being banned from driving
- an unlimited fine
- It’s safest to avoid alcohol altogether if you’re planning to drive. If you go out regularly with a group take turns at being the designated driver to ensure you can get home safely every time. Lots of bars and pubs offer free or discounted soft drinks for the designated driver, so a healthier bank balance is an added incentive!
- Plan your route home. Make sure you have a reliable taxi service number or app on your phone, and enough battery to last until the end of the night.
- Choose alcohol-free drinks. The quality, taste and availability of zero alcohol beers, wine and now spirits has improved remarkably over the last few years. More venues are now offering alcohol-free alternatives, so you can keep a clear head and drive safely home.
- Plan an alcohol-free evening. Try a new activity as a group with friends or family where alcohol doesn’t take centre stage.