If the title of this article shocks you, that’s the idea. Recently Accident Advice Helpline commissioned a survey of people in the UK, to find out what we really know about drink driving and the alcohol limit for drivers in England and Wales. The results came in, and they’re pretty surprising, with some people thinking it’s OK to drink a bottle of wine before driving. Whilst most people take a fairly common sense approach to what it’s acceptable to drink before getting behind the wheel, it’s easy to see how drink driving accidents can happen when you look at some of the below results.
Can you really drink a bottle of wine and drive safely?
Absolutely not. The drink driving limit in England is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, which means you can’t drink a whole lot and get behind the wheel without being severely impaired. We asked people how much they thought you would have to drink before you’re over the limit. Whilst most people (31%) said one drink – one pint or one glass of wine, and a further 30% said two glasses of wine, there were a very small number of people who said they thought you could drink a bottle of wine before driving and still be under the limit, as well as those who believed that five pints of beer was a safe number of drinks to have.
24% of those surveyed said they thought that you couldn’t safely drink anything if you wanted to stay under the limit – they could have a point, as the amount you can drink varies so much from person to person that it’s impossible to say. What puts one woman over the limit may not have the same effect on a man who is heavier and bigger in build, for example.
Who’s to blame for your accident?
Every year, around 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured on the UK’s roads in drink drive collisions. If you or somebody you care about has been injured, you could make a personal injury claim – after all, somebody else is to blame for your accident. You can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about the claims process and get confidential, no-obligation advice from our expert team of advisors today. It’s free to call and our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so anybody can afford to make a claim.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton