TWO THIRDS of Brits admit to being unclear on the new general Government alcohol consumption guidelines.
A survey of 1,000 road users, carried out by drinkdrivesolicitor.com, a website which provides legal advice and representation for motorists, examined how accurate perceptions are of UK drink driving limits.
Despite the new Government guidelines put in place earlier this year, which advise that men and women should not regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week, 69% of UK drivers admitted they weren’t confident about the exact advice given.
In addition, over half believe consuming up to two drinks before getting behind the wheel is legal, irrespective of their individual body types and physical make-up – suggesting current guidelines are not clear enough.
This is despite the fact that there is no legal limit on the number of drinks consumed before driving and the legal drinking limit instead relates to alcohol blood levels rather than drinks consumed, suggesting that many find the legal measurements confusing and unclear.
The alcohol levels in blood differ between individuals and are dependent on weight, age, sex, metabolism, as well as the type of alcohol consumed.
Matthew Miller, Managing Director at drinkdrivesolicitor.com said: “It’s interesting to see just how many drivers in the UK are confused about the legal limits around drink driving – and it’s not entirely surprising, as blood alcohol level is not a simple thing to calculate.
“And as not even half are aware of the comparatively more clear 14 units per week drinking limit, it’s clear to see that there is a lot of confusion around legal limits and guidelines on alcohol consumption.”
“We have had cases of people being charged having only consumed one drink and often it’s been because the drink was poured by somebody else and they were mistaken about how much alcohol was in it. So it’s best not to drink anything at all before driving.”
The research shows that only 5% of drivers in the UK possess a home breathalyser kit – perhaps the best way available of testing whether you are within the limit. It is now compulsory to carry one in the car whilst driving in France.