England and Wales has the highest drink drive limit in Europe. The legal limit for alcohol levels in the body while in control of a vehicle in England and Wales is 35µg (microgrammes) of alcohol in 100ml of breath. This is also expressed as 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood or 0.08% BAC (Blood Alcohol Content).

Scotland reduced their drink drive limit to 22µg/100ml in December 2014 to bring them in line with most other European countries. This is also expressed as 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood or 0.05% BAC (Blood Alcohol Content).

Reading under this limit does not mean you are not impaired – the only safe limit is zero – and many people (including us) believe that the English and Welsh drink drive limit of 35 microgrammes is far too high to be in control of a vehicle.

For those involved in the transportation industry much stricter limits apply, but in principle aircrew, maritime and railway employees are all subject to a limit that is just one quarter of the above, 9µg/100ml.

See more information on European Drink Drive Limits.

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