The legal alcohol limit for driving in Northern Ireland is 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood or 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine or 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

There is no failsafe guide as to how to stay under the legal alcohol limit or how much you can drink and still drive safely.

It depends on:

  •  Your Weight, sex, age, metabolism, stress levels
  •  An empty stomach
  •  The amount and type of alcohol

Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely as your reaction times are impaired and you’re unable to judge speed and distances.

The only safe option is not to drink if you plan to drive. Never offer a drink to someone else who is driving.

If you’ve been out drinking you may still be affected by alcohol the next day. Even though you may feel OK when you get up, you may still be unfit to drive or over the legal alcohol limit.

You could still lose your licence if you drive the next day when you’re still over the legal alcohol limit. It’s impossible to get rid of alcohol any faster. A shower, cup of coffee, or other ways of ‘sobering up’ will not help. It just takes time.

People who drive at twice the current legal alcohol limit are at least 50 times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash so don’t be one of them.