Drink Drive Limit - Worldwide BAC Limits

WORLDWIDE BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION (BAC) LIMITS

UK - ENGLAND & WALES LEGAL DRINK DRIVING LIMIT

England & Wales Drink Driving Limit

The maximum BAC (blood alcohol content) limit in England & Wales is:

35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath
OR
80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood
OR
107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine

UK - SCOTLAND LEGAL DRINK DRIVING LIMIT

Scotland Drink Driving Limit

The maximum BAC (blood alcohol content) limit in Scotland is:

22 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath
OR
50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood
OR
67 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine

Below is a list of countries and jurisdictions worldwide and the corresponding maximum legal permissible BAC limit for each country / jurisdiction. The BAC (blood alcohol content) limit defines the maximum legal amount of alcohol that is permitted to be in the blood for people to legally drive in each country and jurisdiction.

BAC limits can also be referred to as 'drink driving limits', 'drunk driving limits' or 'drink drive limits'. It is a criminal offence to drive with a blood alcohol content that is above the legal limit and the punishments and penalties for doing so can be severe!

The legal BAC limit listed for each country is based on the maximum legal prescribed limit allowed for the average driver. Lower legal limits may be set in certain countries for inexperienced drivers, young drivers or professional drivers.

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NOTE: The BAC limit table below shows the maximum permissible legal alcohol level for the average driver.

Please be aware than many countries often have additional lower BAC limits for young drivers, inexperienced drivers and professional drivers etc.

NL = No BAC Limit AP = Alcohol Prohibited
ZT = Zero Tolerance / 0.00 limit
INTERNATIONAL BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) LIMITS
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  Country BAC Limit %   Country BAC Limit %
1Afghanistan 0.00 - ZT 133 Libya AP
2Albania 0.01 134 Liechtenstein 0.05
3Algeria 0.01 135 Lithuania 0.04
4American Samoa 0.08 136 Luxembourg 0.08
5Angola 0.06 137 Macau 0.05
6Anguilla unknown 138 Macedonia 0.05
7Antigua and Barbuda 0.08 139 Madagascar 0.08
8Argentina 0.05 140 Malawi 0.08
9Armenia 0.00 - ZT 141 Malaysia 0.08
10Aruba 0.05 142 Maldives AP
11Ashmore and Cartier Islands 0.05 143 Mali 0.03
12Australia 0.05 144 Malta 0.08
13Austria 0.05 145 Manitoba 0.05
14Azerbaijan 0.00 - ZT 146 Mariana Islands 0.08
15Bahamas 0.08 147 Marshall Islands unknown
16Bahrain 0.00 - ZT 148 Martinique 0.05
17Baker Island 0.08 149 Mauritania unknown
18Bangladesh NL - AP 150 Mauritius 0.05
19Barbados 0.00 - ZT 151 Mayotte 0.05
20Belarus 0.00 - ZT 152 Mexico 0.08
21Belgium 0.05 153 Micronesia 0.05
22Belize 0.08 154 Midway Islands 0.08
23Benin 0.05 155 Moldova 0.00
24Bermuda 0.08 156 Monaco 0.05
25Bhutan NL 157 Mongolia 0.02
26Bolivia 0.07 158 Montenegro 0.03
27Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.03 159 Montserrat 0.08
28Botswana 0.08 160 Morocco 0.02
29Bouvet Island 0.02 161 Mozambique 0.06
30Brazil 0.00 - ZT 162 Namibia 0.05
31British Virgin Islands 0.08 163 Nauru unknown
32Brunei NL - AP 164 Navassa Island 0.08
33Bulgaria 0.05 165 Nepal 0.00 - ZT
34Burkina Faso NL 166 Netherlands 0.05
35Burma (Myanmar) unknown 167 Netherlands Antilles 0.05
36Burundi unknown 168 New Caledonia 0.05
37Cambodia 0.05 169 New Zealand 0.05
38Cameroon 0.08 170 Nicaragua 0.08
39Canada 0.08 171 Niger 0.08
40Cape Verde 0.08 172 Nigeria 0.05
41Cayman Islands 0.10 173 Niue 0.08
42Central African Republic 0.08 174 Norfolk Island unknown
43Chad unknown 175 North Korea 0.05
44Chile 0.05 176 Norway 0.02
45China 0.02 177 Oman 0.00 - ZT
46Christmas Island 0.05 178 Pakistan AP
47Clipperton Island 0.05 179 Palau 0.01
48Cocos (Keeling) Islands 0.05 180 Palestinian Territories unknown
49Colombia 0.02 181 Palmyra Atoll 0.08
50Comoros NL 182 Panama 0.00 - ZT
51Cook Islands 0.08 183 Papua New Guinea 0.08
52Coral Sea Islands 0.05 184 Paracel Islands unknown
53Costa Rica 0.05 185 Paraguay 0.08
54Côte d'Ivoire 0.08 186 Peru 0.05
55Croatia 0.05 187 Philippines 0.05
56Cuba 0.04 188 Pitcairn Islands 0.08
57Cyprus 0.05 189 Poland 0.02
58Czech Republic 0.00 - ZT 190 Portugal 0.05
59Democratic Republic of the Congo NL 191 Puerto Rico 0.08
60Denmark 0.05 192 Qatar 0.00 - ZT
61Dhekelia 0.05 193 Reunion 0.05
62Djibouti unknown 194 Romania 0.00 - ZT
63Dominica 0.08 195 Russia 0.00 - ZT
64Dominican Republic NL 196 Rwanda 0.08
65East Timor unknown 197 Saint Barthelemy 0.05
66Ecuador 0.07 198 Saint Helena 0.08
67Egypt unknown 199 Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.08
68El Salvador 0.05 200 Saint Lucia 0.08
69Equatorial Guinea 0.00 - ZT 201 Saint Martin 0.05
70Eritrea 0.00 - ZT 202 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 0.05
71Estonia 0.00 - ZT 203 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0.08
72Ethiopia NL 204 Samoa 0.04
73Falkland Islands 0.08 205 San Marino 0.05
74Faroe Islands 0.05 206 São Tomé and Príncipe NL
75Fiji 0.08 207 Saudi Arabia AP - ZT
76Finland 0.05 208 Senegal unknown
77France 0.05 209 Serbia 0.05
78French Guiana 0.05 210 Seychelles 0.08
79French Polynesia 0.05 211 Sierra Leone unknown
80French Southern and Antarctic Lands 0.05 212 Singapore 0.08
81Gabon NL 213 Slovakia 0.00 - ZT
82Gambia 0.00 - ZT 214 Slovenia 0.05
83Georgia 0.00 - ZT 215 Solomon Islands 0.08
84Germany 0.05 216 Somalia unknown
85Ghana 0.08 217 South Africa 0.05
86Gibraltar 0.08 218 South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 0.08
87Greece 0.05 219 South Korea 0.05
88Greenland 0.05 220 Spain 0.05
89Grenada 0.08 221 Spratly Islands unknown
90Guadeloupe 0.05 222 Sri Lanka 0.08
91Guam 0.08 223 States of Micronesia 0.05
92Guatemala 0.08 224 Sudan 0.00 - ZT
93Guernsey 0.08 225 Suriname 0.08
94Guinea 0.00 - ZT 226 Svalbard 0.02
95Guinea-Bissau 0.05 227 Swaziland 0.05
96Guyana 0.01 228 Sweden 0.02
97Haiti unknown 229 Switzerland 0.05
98Heard Island and McDonald Islands 0.05 230 Syria 0.05
99Holland 0.05 231 Taiwan 0.03
100Honduras 0.07 232 Tajikistan 0.00 - ZT
101Hong Kong 0.05 233 Tanzania 0.05
102Howland Island 0.08 234 Thailand 0.05
103Hungary 0.00 - ZT 235 The Congo NL
104Iceland 0.05 236 Timor Leste 0.05
105India 0.03 237 Togo NL
106Indonesia NL 238 Tokelau 0.08
107Iran 0.00 - ZT 239 Tonga 0.08
108Iraq 0.00 - ZT 240 Trinidad and Tobago 0.08
109Ireland 0.05 241 Tunisia 0.00 - ZT
110Isle of Man 0.08 242 Turkey 0.05
111Israel 0.05 243 Turkmenistan 0.00 - ZT
112Italy 0.05 244 Turks and Caicos Islands 0.08
113Jamaica 0.08 245 Tuvalu 0.08
114Jan Mayen 0.02 246 Uganda 0.08
115Japan 0.03 247 UK - England and Wales 0.08
116Jarvis Island 0.08 248 UK - Scotland 0.05
117Jersey 0.08 249 Ukraine 0.00 - ZT
118Johnston Atoll 0.08 250 United Arab Emirates 0.00 - ZT
119Jordan 0.00 - ZT 251 United States 0.08
120Kazakhstan 0.00 - ZT 252 Uruguay 0.08
121Kenya 0.08 253 Uzbekistan 0.00 - ZT
122Kingman Reef 0,08 254 Vanuatu NL
123Kiribati 0.08 255 Venezuela 0.05
124Kosovo 0.05 256 Vietnam 0.05
125Kuwait AP - ZT 257 Virgin Islands 0.08
126Kyrgyzstan 0.05 258 Wake Island 0.08
127Laos 0.05 259 Wallis and Futuna 0.05
128Latvia 0.05 260 West Bank unknown
129Lebanon 0.05 261 Western Sahara unknown
130Lesotho 0.08 262 Yemen 0.00 - ZT
131Liberia 0.05 263 Zambia 0.08
132 264 Zimbabwe 0.08

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A person’s BAC level measures the amount of alcohol in the blood, by recording the milligrams of ethanol per milliliters of blood. Most countries around the world have legal BAC limits.

BAC levels are affected by how much alcohol has been drunk, the speed of drinking and over what period of time. An individual’s weight, gender, health, and food intake also affect the absorption and metabolism of alcohol, making an estimation of how much it is safe to drink before driving is risky. You can use our BAC calculator to estimate your BAC level at any given time.

Sources for BAC limit table above
Afghanistan
Algeria
American Samoa
Angola
Argentina
Armenia
Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Baker Island
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Bouvet Island
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chile
China
Christmas Island
Clipperton Island
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Colombia
Comoros
Cook Islands
Coral Sea Islands
Costa Rica
Côte d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Dhekelia
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Fiji
Finland
France
French Polynesia
French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Guatemala
Guernsey
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Holland
Honduras
Howland Island
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Isle of Man
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Jan Mayen
Japan
Jarvis Island
Jersey
Johnston Atoll
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kingman Reef
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Manitoba
Mariana Islands
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia
Midway Islands
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Navassa Island
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
North Korea
Norway
Palau
Palmyra Atoll
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saint Barthelemy
Saint Helena
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Martin
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
São Tomé and Príncipe
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
States of Micronesia
Suriname
Svalbard
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
The Congo
Timor Leste
Togo
Tokelau
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uganda
UK - England and Wales
UK - Scotland
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Islands
Wake Island
Wallis and Futuna
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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