With drink-drive accidents accounting for about 14% of all road deaths in Great Britain in 20131 driver safety is a key issue for all businesses. Therefore, when organisations are considering what breath alcohol level to choose as the limit within their policies it is common to choose a level below the drink-drive level. This is to reflect the fact that alcohol impairment is a gradual process, and many people will suffer significant impairment below the legal drink-driving limit.

The legal limits listed below for each country are the maximum legal limit allowed for the average driver. Lower legal limits may be set in certain countries for inexperienced drivers, young drivers or professional drivers.

National Limits

Breath (µg/100ml)



China, Colombia, Norway, Poland, Sweden


Bosnia & Herzegovina, India, Japan, Taiwan


Cuba, Lithuania, Samoa


Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey


Canada, United States, Jamaica, Malta, Mexico, England and Wales

The Law in the UK

You could be imprisoned, banned from driving and face a fine if you’re found guilty of drink-driving.

The actual penalty you get is up to the magistrates who hear your case, and depends on your offence.

Alcohol Testing Products

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