Drink driving in the UK is a serious offence, punishable by penalty points, a driving ban and even a custodial sentence.

And for good reason. According to the Department of Transport, an estimated 1,310 people were killed or seriously injured in drink drive incidents in the UK in 2014.

To avoid getting caught out, know your limits before getting behind the wheel.

How much is too much?

In England and Wales, the alcohol limit for drivers is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood, 35 microgrammes per 100ml of breath or 107 milligrammes per 100ml of urine.

In Scotland, the limit was reduced in December 2014 to 50 milligrammes of alcohol in every 100ml of blood and 22 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

How much can I safely drink and stay under the limit?

Unfortunately, there’s no easy way of drinking and staying under the limit, as it varies from person to person. It depends on:

  • Your weight, age, sex and metabolism
  • The type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking
  • What you’ve eaten
  • Your stress levels

For this reason, experts recommend avoiding alcohol completely if you’re planning to drive.

Car insurance and drink driving convictions

As well as risking a driving ban, a £2,500 fine and even a short prison term, you’re likely to face many problems if you’re caught drink driving.

You risk losing your job if you are required to drive for work, and you’ll find it more difficult to get car insurance at a reasonable price.

Thankfully, there are conviction car insurance specialists out there that will consider your individual case before giving you a quote. Meaning you’re more likely to find a policy that is right for you, and your wallet.

To get multiple quotes from a panel of conviction insurance specialists, click the green button below.