Liverpool Victoria, a leading UK underwriter, has published a press release revealing a staggering nationwide ignorance to the reality of drink driving, and regarding how many units of alcohol can be consumed before getting behind the wheel. Between the 2nd and the 4th of November 2012, a total of 2028 adults aged 18+ in Great Britain were surveyed online regarding drink driving. Statistics provided in the report claimed that 80% of the drivers surveyed underestimated the units of alcohol in a pint of lager, 55% mistakenly believed a 250ml glass of wine contained 2 units or less of alcohol when it’s actually 3 units, and 1/5 of the drivers failed to name the correct number of units for any alcoholic beverage. The statistics are even more concerning when you consider that despite this ignorance, 15% of the drivers admitted that they have driven under the influence whilst knowingly over the legal alcohol limit, and an overwhelming 88% admitted they were aware it negatively affected their driving and reactions. The ignorance unfortunately did not stop at being uneducated on the amount of units per alcoholic drink, a whopping 66% of those surveyed did not even know what the legal limits are!
- 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood
- 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath
- 107mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine
- Approximately 4 units for the average Male
- Approximately 2.5 units for the average Female