Drink driving - How much is too much?

Drink driving: How much is too much?

Alcohol plays a role in one out of four fatal accidents on Europe’s roads. The risk of being involved in an accident with a blood alcohol content of only 0.8 per mille is almost three times as high as that of a sober driver. At levels of 1.1, it rises to six times more likely. With this reading, a court would consider a driver to be ‘totally unfit to drive’.

What is clear is that to be on the safe side, you should only really drive when you haven’t been drinking. However, the only categories of drivers in Germany who must adhere to the strict zero-alcohol limit are professional drivers, new drivers, and those who have been previously involved in drink driving convictions.

In practice, however, it’s not so easy to assess whether you should drive or not. Our infographic shows why this is the case.

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Every glass counts

In order to illustrate how blood alcohol content has an effect, for example what an adult male weighing 80 kg needs to drink to achieve the level of 0.5, we have done a sample calculation.

  • Sample calculation for an adult male weighing 80 kg
  • Sample calculation for an adult male weighing 80 kg
  • Sample calculation for an adult male weighing 80 kg
  • Sample calculation for an adult male weighing 80 kg
  • Sample calculation for an adult male weighing 80 kg
  • Sample calculation for an adult male weighing 80 kg

Please note:
Blood alcohol content always depends upon individual factors such as body weight, gender, meals consumed etc. and may therefore lead to unreliable results.

How alcohol affects your body depends on many individual factors.

Precision breath alcohol content check

Fast, clean and above all, reliable: Using the AlcoDigital 3820, you can measure your breath alcohol content with the same technology and precision as police officers. In just a few seconds you have an accurate result you can rely on.

Please note

The morning after drinking, your driving can still be impaired even if you are below the legal drink drive limit. If you do not feel safe to drive – do not drive – even if you are below the drink drive limit.

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