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, 200 people were killed in drink drive accidents in Great Britain, 12 per cent of all deaths in reported road accidents that year. This was a decrease of 40 from the previous year, although this was not statistically significant. 1,170 people were seriously injured in drink drive accidents, a 9% increase from 2014, which was statistically significant. The total number of casualties in drink drive accidents in 2015 was 8,470, 3% more than in 2014. (Final Estimates for Accidents Involving Illegal Alcohol Levels: 2015, DfT, 2017)

  • 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: 10 Aug 2017, 10:37 AM