How much can I drink and still drive?
In the United Kingdom, the legal alcohol limit for driving varies depending on where you are:
In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland: The legal limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood or 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
In Scotland: The limit is stricter, with 50 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood and 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
However, it’s essential to note that the effects of alcohol can vary based on several factors, including weight, age, metabolism, and the amount of food consumed. Therefore, even if you’re below the legal limit, you might still be impaired and unsafe to drive. The safest approach is not to drink and drive at all.
Additionally, being over the drink driving limit can have serious consequences, not only in terms of legal penalties but also for your car insurance premiums. According to the UK Government website, around 280 deaths in 2019 were attributed to drivers being over the drink driving limit.
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