Drink Driving

Drink Driving

Key Facts:

  • It is well documented that the risk of road traffic injury and collision increases rapidly with alcohol consumption. Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 20mg alcohol per 100ml blood (20mg/100ml) and 50mg/100ml have at least a 3 times greater risk of dying in a crash. This risk increases to at least six times with a BAC between 50mg/100ml and 80mg/100ml, and to 11 times with a BAC between 80mg/100ml and 100mg/100ml.

  • In 2015, the number of people estimated to have been killed in drink drive accidents was 139 (9 per cent of all road accident fatalities), whilst the total number of reported casualties in drink drive accidents was estimated to be 6,971 (5 per cent of all road casualties).(RRCGB, DfT, 2016)

  • Provisional data for 2011 show that approximately a fifth of drivers and riders killed in reported accidents are over the drink drive limit (80mg alcohol per 100ml blood). This has decreased from around a third in the 1980s.

  • Young car drivers (aged 17-24) had more drink drive accidents per 100 thousand licence holders and per billion miles driven than any other age group, and the rate declines with age.

  • Women are less likely than men to be involved or injured in drink-drive accidents. Most convicted drink drivers are men, however the proportion of women convicted for drink drive offences is rising.


  • Date Added: 03 Apr 2012, 08:10 AM
  • Last Update: 26 Jan 2017, 03:43 PM