Scotland Chops Drink-Drive Limit to Just Under a Pint

By Gary Cutlack on at

Scotland has introduced a new, lower drink-drive blood test limit, taking the acceptable blood alcohol level down fromĀ 80mg per 100ml of blood to just 50mg. England, Wales and Northern Ireland stay at 80mg, although NI is considering making the reduction to 50mg.

An average of 20 people are killed on Scotland's roads each year as a result of drunken driving, with a further 90 people suffering serious injury. The new 50mg limit means that your average bloke should be able to drink just under a pint, or one large glass of wine, before going over. For women, it works out to just half a pint. So it's probably best to not bother at all and go insane from the caffeine in eight pints of Coke instead, is the message police are hoping it sends out. [BBC]

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