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Drinking and driving

​If you're caught and convicted of drink driving, your life will change as you'll be disqualified from driving as well as gain a criminal record. If you kill or injure someone while drink driving, the consequences will be much worse than the inconvenience of being unable to drive.

Acting responsibly

As well as looking after your own safety, you should consider the people around you, too. Remember:

  • you can’t calculate your alcohol limit, so don’t try
  • any alcohol, even a small drink, will make you a worse driver because you won’t be able to judge speed and distance as accurately and your reactions will slow down
  • you should never offer a drink to someone else who is driving
  • you may still be affected by alcohol that you drunk the day before

The legal limit

The legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath (or 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood). But any amount of alcohol can affect your ability to drive safely, and alcohol affects people differently. This is why you can't accurately calculate what your level may be. You'll only know for sure if you're under the limit by avoiding alcohol entirely if you're planning to drive.

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