World Drink Drive Limits

Irrespective of local driving laws relating to alcohol its important to note that having any alcohol at all in your bloodstream generally invalidates your car rental insurance. Therefore, my advice is avoid drinking at all if you plan to drive, irrespective of local drink drive limits. Its often tempting especially if you’re staying in a remote location and roads to the nearest village are quiet but, especially at night, these roads can be the most dangerous. At best you may be forced into paying a large amount of compensation or ‘hush money’ to local police or the other party involved in an accident. At worst you could be facing a long jail term in a foreign prison. Not worth the risk in my opinion.

Blood alcohol content is the method of measuring intoxication in most parts of the world. This is basically the % of a persons blood which is alcohol. For instance, a drink drive limit of BAC of 0.10 means that 0.10% (one tenth of one percent) of a person’s blood, by volume, is alcohol.

The level at which alcoholic drinks consumed affect BAC depends on a number of factors – the type and quantity of drink consumer, the weight of the person consuming the drink, and how long they take to drink it.( Contrary to popular opinion, its now thought incorrect that alcohol has less of an effect on men than women, and both sexes generally transfer drinks to BAC at roughly the same rate.) There are a number of online calculators which help you work out your approximate BAC . These work on fluid ounces of alcohol consumed – Note that the benchmarks used are for half a UK pint of beer and a small (120ML) glass of wine.

http://www.onlineconversion.com/bac.htm

http://www.1800duilaws.com/forms/bac.asp

Once you understand your likely BAC, the legal % used as the drink drive limit varies by country as shown in the table below. (Some countries also use roadside tests for Breath Alcohol limit, but the definitive test will still likely be Blood Alcohol Content).

 

Drink Drive Limits by Country

Country Max BAC
Albania 0.01%
Algeria 0.01%
Angola No set limit
Argentina 0.05%
Argentina 0.05%
Armenia 0.00%
Australia 0.05%
Austria 0.05%
Azerbaijan 0.00%
Bahamas 0.08%
Bangladesh 0.00%
Belarus 0.03%
Belarus 0.03%
Belgium 0.05%
Belize 0.08%
Benin 0.05%
Bolivia 0.07%
Bosnia 0.05%
Brazil 0.00%
Brazil 0.00%
Brunei 0.00%
Bulgaria 0.05%
Cambodia 0.05%
Canada (some states) 0.05%
Cape Verde 0.08%
Central African Republic 0.08%
Chile 0.05%
China 0.02%
Colombia 0.04%
Comoros No set limit
Congo No set limit
Costa Rica 0.05%
Costa Rica 0.08%
Croatia 0.00%
Croatia 0.05%
Cuba 0.01%
Czech Republic 0.00%
Denmark 0.05%
Dominican Republic 0.00%
Ecuador 0.07%
Egypt 0.05%
El Salvador 0.05%
Equatorial Guinea: Zero 0.00%
Eritrea 0.00%
Estonia 0.02%
Ethiopia No set limit
Fed States of Micronesia 0.06%
Fiji 0.00%
Finland 0.05%
France 0.05%
French Polynesia 0.05%
Georgia: 0.03% 0.03%
Germany 0.05%
Ghana 0.08%
Greece 0.05%
Guatemala 0.08%
Guinea: Zero 0.00%
Guinea-Bissau 0.05%
Guyana 0.01%
Honduras 0.07%
Hong Kong 0.05%
Hong Kong 0.05%
Hungary 0.00%
Iceland 0.05%
Iceland 0.05%
India 0.03%
Indonesia No set Limit
Iran Dry Country
Ireland 0.05%
Israel 0.05%
Italy 0.05%
Jamaica 0.04%
Japan 0.03%
Jordan 0.00%
Kenya 0.08%
Kuwait Dry Country
Kyrgyzstan 0.05%
Laos 0.08%
Latvia 0.05%
Liechtenstein 0.08%
Lithuania 0.04%
Luxembourg 0.05%
Macedonia 0.05%
Macedonia 0.05%
Malawi 0.00%
Malaysia 0.08%
Malta 0.08%
Mauritius 0.05%
Mexico 0.08%
Moldova 0.03%
Mongolia 0.02%
Namibia 0.05%
Nepal 0.03%
Netherlands 0.05%
New Zealand 0.08%
Nicaragua 0.08%
Niger 0.08%
Nigeria 0.00%
Norway 0.02%
Oman 0.00%
Pakistan 0.00%
Palau 0.01%
Panama 0.08%
Paraguay 0.08%
Peru 0.05%
Philippines 0.05%
Poland 0.02%
Portugal 0.05%
Puerto Rico 0.08%
Republic of Korea 0.05%
Romania 0.00%
Russia 0.00%
Saudi Arabia 0.00%
Saudi Arabia Dry Country
Serbia 0.03%
Seychelles 0.08%
Singapore 0.08%
Slovakia 0.00%
Slovenia 0.05%
South Africa 0.05%
Spain 0.05%
Sri Lanka 0.06%
Suriname 0.08%
Sweden 0.02%
Switzerland 0.05%
Taiwan 0.05%
Tanzania 0.05%
Thailand 0.05%
The Gambia 0.00%
Togo 0.04%
Turkey 0.05%
Turkmenistan 0.03%
Uganda 0.08%
Ukraine 0.00%
United Arab Emirates 0.00%
United Kingdom 0.08%
Uruguay 0.03%
USA (some states) 0.05%
USA (some states) 0.08%
Venezuela 0.05%
Vietnam No set limit
Zambia 0.08%

Maximum Blood Alcohol Content limits often vary per state in Australia, Canada and USA.

Also the following countries have different BAC levels (often zero) for new and young drivers. Rules vary per country but most apply different rules within 2 years of passing a test and for drivers under 21 years old.

 

Australia
Canada
Germany
Ireland
Latvia
Lithuania
Italy
Macedonia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Puerto Rico
Slovenia
Spain

 

 

 

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1 comment


  1. Clare McAlaney

    I think you will find all Australian States and Territories (there are two Territories and 6 states) gave the same BAC these days.

    Kind regards
    Clare

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