Drink driving kills.

Alcohol is a depressant so it slows down your reactions and affects decision making, increasing the risk of having an accident on the road.

There is no foolproof way to drink and stay within the limit so the advice form the police is clear: avoid alcohol altogether if you plan to drive.

Can I drive after drinking alcohol the night before?

The drink drive limit in Wales

The drink drive limit in Wales is the same as in England and Northern Ireland but it's important to remember it is lower in Scotland. The current limit in Wales 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')

What are the penalties for drink driving?

It doesn’t matter how many drinks you’ve had – the drink driving law in Wales is clear.

If you’re driving under the influence you risk:

  • Being banned from driving
  • An unlimited fine
  • Imprisonment

Steps to take to avoid drink driving

  1. Have a designated driver. Choose a friend or family member who’ll go alcohol-free for the evening to drive you home safely – or be that person yourself.
  2. Plan how you’re getting home before you start your night. Make sure you have the number of a reputable taxi firm or a taxi hailing app on your phone and that your phone has enough charge to last the evening.
  3. Try alcohol-free drinks. There’s never been more choice available when it comes to alcohol-free beers and wine. So now you can stay clear headed and safe to drive and still enjoy something tasty to drink.
  4. Have an alcohol-free night out. Drinking doesn’t have to be the focus of every social occasion, get together with your friends and try a new group activity.

Find out what to do if you witness drink driving