Did you know that the legal drink drive limit in England and Wales is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood? Yet the number of drinks you can have varies from person to person, depending on factors like gender, height and weight. So what’s fine for one person to drink may easily put somebody else over the limit. Accident Advice Helpline recently commissioned a survey to find out how much the public really know about the drink driving limit. We asked people “Which of these drinks would put you over the limit?” The answers we got were pretty surprising, and we’re going to share them with you.
Which drinks will put you over the limit?
We asked people if they thought the following drinks would put them over the limit:
- 1 Long Island iced tea
- 2 bottles of beer
- 2 pints of beer
- 2 pints of cider
- Double spirit shot 40% (50ml)
- 3 glasses of wine
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the answers to most of these would be obvious – you’d be wrong. 15% of people said they thought that it would be acceptable to drink one Long Island iced tea and that it wouldn’t put them over the limit, whilst 15% also thought two bottles of beer would be OK. In total, 41% of people said that drinking either two bottles of beer, two pints of cider or one Long Island iced tea wouldn’t put you over the limit. In fact, all three of these would, as a rough guide, depending on your height, weight, gender and other factors. But on a positive note, everybody surveyed realised that three glasses of wine would easily put you over the alcohol limit for drivers.
Can you claim personal injury compensation after a drink driving accident?
Obviously if you were the driver who was over the limit, you’re to blame for your accident. But what about if you have been injured in an accident caused by somebody who was over the alcohol limit? In this case, you could make a personal injury claim for your injuries, pain and suffering. You could also claim compensation for loss of earnings – for example if you’ve suffered whiplash and needed to take time off work to recover, you could claim back any salary you have lost as a result of this. Why not pick up the phone and give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 today, to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim?
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton