Have you ever wondered what factors have an effect on your drink driving limit? In case you didn’t already know, the alcohol limit for drivers in England and Wales is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml blood, although the amount you can actually drink varies from person to person. Recently, Accident Advice Helpline commissioned a survey to find out what the public really knows about drink driving, and the results are in. We think some of them are pretty surprising.
What affects the drink driving limit?
Just over 57% of people surveyed said they believed that gender has an effect on your drink driving limit, with 42.7% of people saying they didn’t believe this to be the case. In fact, the majority were right – gender does have an effect on your drink driving limit, as men can process alcohol more quickly than women. However the amount you need to drink to be over the limit varies from person to person, taking into account factors such as height, weight etc.
There’s no hard and fast rule for what it is ‘safe’ to drink – so for example one glass of wine may put somebody over the limit whilst someone else could still be under. The survey asked if two people were both to drink a large glass of the same wine and one person is breathalysed and found to be over the limit, does this automatically mean that the other person will be over the limit too? 68% of people said they thought it would depend on other factors (for example height, weight, gender etc.) – and they were right. But almost 15% of those surveyed were unsure or assumed that the other person would be automatically over the limit too.
Claiming compensation after a drink driving accident
With this lack of public knowledge about drink driving, it’s sad to say that being over the limit still causes far more accidents and fatalities than it should on the UK’s roads. But if you or somebody you care about have been injured in an accident caused by a drink driver, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Whether you have suffered a head injury or are claiming on behalf of somebody who lost their life after being hit by a drink driver, you can get confidential advice from our expert team. We’ve been helping people claim compensation since 2000, so we have over 15 years’ of industry experience. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton