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Does the drink drive limit need to be stricter?

The government debated a bill on Friday that calls for the legal drink drive limit to be cut. A group of doctors and other health professionals are recommending the drop from 80mg to 50mg alcohol per 100ml of blood.

The experts say that because everyone has different levels of what's OK and what's uh-oh, it's too difficult to quantify what's an acceptable level of alcohol. Two units for you may be fine - for me, as a 5 foot nothing pixie child, it could be enough to cause dangerous impairment. Tomorrow, it might be the other way around. You can never be sure.

This blurry line is problematic, so it does make sense to make the potential for error as low as possible.

What would the lower limit mean?

The very rough guidance is not to have more than one unit, which means: just under a pint of beer or a large glass of wine for a man and half a pint of beer or a small glass of wine for a woman.

But hey, guess what. The only way to 100% know you're OK is to not have a drink at all. Ask yourself: what's the point? Have a ginger beer and call it good.

Scotland lowered its drink-driving limit to the proposed new level in December 2014 and drink driving offences there fell by 17% in the first 3 months of 2015.

It's getting better

The number of young drivers involved in drink driving incidents has decreased by 68% since 2002, which is a huge amount.

Let's not feel too proud of ourselves though: 150 drivers under 25 were killed or seriously injured in 2013 due to alcohol. We're on our way but we're not there yet.

The government's next set of drink driving stats are due out next month so hopefully we'll see more of the downward trend. In the meantime - what do you reckon to a lower limit?

Not 100% sure what the drink driving rules actually are? Go have a little revision sesh.


Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

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