The alcohol limit for drivers in England and Wales is 80mg alcohol/100ml of blood, but there are other factors that can affect your blood-alcohol limit. Accident Advice Helpline recently carried out a survey of drivers in England and Wales, to find out just how much the general public know about the drink drive limit – and the results were pretty enlightening. To start with, we thought we’d share with you that only 12.7% of those surveyed knew the correct blood-alcohol limit in England and Wales. Almost 50% of those who took party in the survey thought that the limit was much lower – 40mg of alcohol/100ml blood, and 6.3% of people thought it was as high as 100mg/100ml.
Factors which affect blood-alcohol limit
We may live in a world where men and woman are seen as equals, but gender is one of the main factors affecting blood-alcohol limit. When we asked people if they thought gender impacted the limit, the majority (just over 57%) got this right. But that means almost 43% of people still didn’t know that this is the case. Men process alcohol more quickly than women, which means women will get drunk more quickly and alcohol will take longer to leave their systems, putting them at increased risk of being over the limit. Other factors which can affect the blood-alcohol limit include height, weight and the contents of your stomach. If you’re drinking on an empty stomach, alcohol is going to be absorbed into your bloodstream faster than if you’re drinking whilst eating a meal at a nice restaurant.
Drink driving accidents and personal injury compensation
Over 3,000 people are seriously injured or killed in drink driving accidents on the UK’s roads every year, and if you have been the victim of a drink driver, you could make a personal injury claim. Perhaps you’ve been left confined to a wheelchair after sustaining spinal or brain injuries, or maybe you’ve needed time off work after a drink driver hit you and fractured your leg. Whatever your circumstances, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a viable claim.
It’s free to call and get advice, but make sure you do so within three years of your accident, as that’s the time limit for all personal injury claims. We offer confidential, no-obligation advice and our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton