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Drink-Driving Limit - Should It Be Reduced?

Drink-Driving Limit - Should It Be Reduced?

We are a boozy nation, we drink here in the UK, we go on holiday and we drink where ever that might be - gaining ourselves a terrible reputation.  So there’s no point trying to deny it we all love a drink, the Rivervale Car Leasing team included!  The occasional tipple is no problem, what does cause a problem is when people have a drink and decide to get in their car ……….

The Police Federation has recently suggested the drink-driving limit in England should be lowered from 80mg per 100 ml of blood to 50mg to match the current limit in Scotland.

The worrying results from Social Research Associates reveal women drink driving are the current worry.  1 in 6 who responded to the survey admitted to getting behind the wheel when they thought they could possibly be over the limit.

Drink-driving campaigns have heavily targeted men in the past and the number of men being caught over the limit has reduced, but it seems women are not getting the message and most people still seem unaware of how much alcohol is too much before they decide to drive.

The Police Federation of England and Wales is currently having its annual conference where the issue of drink driving will be discussed – would you like to see a change to the law to reduce limits?  Or do you think tougher punishment would better address the problem?

Currently in England the limit for driving is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood – most people know this but how does it equate to alcohol in a glass?

It’s impossible to give an measure of alcohol that you can drink safely and still drive because the effect on the body alcohol has varies so widely from person to person due to;

  • Weight
  • Gender – men process alcohol faster than women
  • Your metabolism
  • Stress levels
  • Whether you’ve eaten
  • Age – younger people process alcohol more slowly

Because of these differences turning 80mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood into a unit is a tricky science, the rough guide is 3-4 units for men and 3 for women.

In terms of drinks 1 pint of beer contains on average 2.8 units of alcohol so that second pint would put you over the limit, whereas a 175ml glass of wine is about 2.3 units so any more than that would put a women over the limit.

Of course the only way to be absolutely positive you are safe to drive is to stick to soft drinks or leave the car at home!

The comments above do not necessarily reflect Rivervale's views unless clearly stated.

Car related news
19 May 2015
Written by Natalie Faughy
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