Drink Drive Limit - Worldwide BAC Limits

WORLDWIDE BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION (BAC) LIMITS

UK LEGAL DRINK DRIVING LIMIT = 0.08%
The BAC (blood alcohol content) drink driving limit in the UK 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

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 132 Libya AP
2Albania 0.01 133 Liechtenstein 0.05
3Algeria 0.01 134 Lithuania 0.04
4American Samoa 0.08 135 Luxembourg 0.08
5Angola unknown 136 Macau 0.05
6Anguilla unknown 137 Macedonia 0.05
7Antigua and Barbuda 0.08 138 Madagascar unknown
8Argentina 0.05 139 Malawi 0.00 - ZT
9Armenia 0.00 - ZT 140 Malaysia 0.08
10Aruba 0.05 141 Maldives AP
11Ashmore and Cartier Islands 0.05 142 Mali unknown
12Australia 0.05 143 Malta 0.08
13Austria 0.05 144 Manitoba 0.05
14Azerbaijan 0.00 - ZT 145 Mariana Islands 0.08
15Bahamas 0.08 146 Marshall Islands unknown
16Bahrain 0.00 - ZT 147 Martinique 0.05
17Baker Island 0.08 148 Mauritania unknown
18Bangladesh NL - AP 149 Mauritius 0.05
19Barbados 0.00 - ZT 150 Mayotte 0.05
20Belarus 0.00 - ZT 151 Mexico 0.08
21Belgium 0.05 152 Micronesia 0.05
22Belize 0.08 153 Midway Islands 0.08
23Benin 0.05 154 Moldova 0.00
24Bermuda 0.08 155 Monaco 0.05
25Bhutan NL 156 Mongolia 0.02
26Bolivia 0.07 157 Montenegro 0.03
27Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.03 158 Montserrat 0.08
28Botswana 0.08 159 Morocco 0.00 - ZT
29Bouvet Island 0.02 160 Mozambique unknown
30Brazil 0.00 - ZT 161 Namibia 0.05
31British Virgin Islands 0.08 162 Nauru unknown
32Brunei NL - AP 163 Navassa Island 0.08
33Bulgaria 0.05 164 Nepal 0.00 - ZT
34Burkina Faso NL 165 Netherlands 0.05
35Burma (Myanmar) unknown 166 Netherlands Antilles 0.05
36Burundi unknown 167 New Caledonia 0.05
37Cambodia 0.05 168 New Zealand 0.08
38Cameroon 0.08 169 Nicaragua 0.08
39Canada 0.08 170 Niger 0.08
40Cape Verde 0.08 171 Nigeria 0.00 - ZT
41Cayman Islands 0.10 172 Niue unknown
42Central African Republic 0.08 173 Norfolk Island unknown
43Chad unknown 174 North Korea 0.05
44Chile 0.05 175 Norway 0.02
45China 0.02 176 Oman 0.00 - ZT
46Christmas Island 0.05 177 Pakistan AP
47Clipperton Island 0.05 178 Palau 0.01
48Cocos (Keeling) Islands 0.05 179 Palestinian Territories unknown
49Colombia 0.02 180 Palmyra Atoll 0.08
50Comoros NL 181 Panama 0.00 - ZT
51Cook Islands 0.08 182 Papua New Guinea 0.08
52Coral Sea Islands 0.05 183 Paracel Islands unknown
53Costa Rica 0.05 184 Paraguay 0.08
54Côte d'Ivoire 0.08 185 Peru 0.05
55Croatia 0.05 186 Philippines 0.05
56Cuba 0.00 - ZT 187 Pitcairn Islands 0.08
57Cyprus 0.05 188 Poland 0.02
58Czech Republic 0.00 - ZT 189 Portugal 0.05
59Democratic Republic of the Congo NL 190 Puerto Rico 0.08
60Denmark 0.05 191 Qatar 0.00 - ZT
61Dhekelia 0.05 192 Reunion 0.05
62Djibouti unknown 193 Romania 0.00 - ZT
63Dominica unknown 194 Russia 0.00 - ZT
64Dominican Republic NL 195 Rwanda unknown
65East Timor unknown 196 Saint Barthelemy 0.05
66Ecuador 0.07 197 Saint Helena 0.08
67Egypt unknown 198 Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.08
68El Salvador 0.05 199 Saint Lucia 0.08
69Equatorial Guinea 0.00 - ZT 200 Saint Martin 0.05
70Eritrea 0.00 - ZT 201 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 0.05
71Estonia 0.00 - ZT 202 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0.08
72Ethiopia NL 203 Samoa 0.00 - ZT
73Falkland Islands 0.08 204 San Marino 0.08
74Faroe Islands 0.05 205 São Tomé and Príncipe 0.05
75Fiji unknown 206 Saudi Arabia AP - ZT
76Finland 0.05 207 Senegal unknown
77France 0.05 208 Serbia 0.05
78French Guiana 0.05 209 Seychelles 0.08
79French Polynesia 0.05 210 Sierra Leone unknown
80French Southern and Antarctic Lands 0.05 211 Singapore 0.08
81Gabon NL 212 Slovakia 0.00 - ZT
82Gambia 0.00 - ZT 213 Slovenia 0.05
83Georgia 0.00 - ZT 214 Solomon Islands 0.08
84Germany 0.05 215 Somalia unknown
85Ghana 0.08 216 South Africa 0.05
86Gibraltar 0.08 217 South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 0.08
87Greece 0.05 218 South Korea 0.05
88Greenland 0.05 219 Spain 0.05
89Grenada 0.08 220 Spratly Islands unknown
90Guadeloupe 0.05 221 Sri Lanka 0.08
91Guam 0.08 222 States of Micronesia 0.05
92Guatemala 0.08 223 Sudan 0.00 - ZT
93Guernsey 0.08 224 Suriname 0.08
94Guinea 0.00 - ZT 225 Svalbard 0.02
95Guinea-Bissau 0.05 226 Swaziland 0.08
96Guyana 0.01 227 Sweden 0.02
97Haiti unknown 228 Switzerland 0.05
98Heard Island and McDonald Islands 0.05 229 Syria unknown
99Holland 0.05 230 Taiwan 0.03
100Honduras 0.07 231 Tajikistan 0.00 - ZT
101Hong Kong 0.05 232 Tanzania 0.05
102Howland Island 0.08 233 Thailand 0.05
103Hungary 0.00 - ZT 234 The Congo NL
104Iceland 0.05 235 Timor Leste unknown
105India 0.03 236 Togo NL
106Indonesia NL 237 Tokelau 0.08
107Iran 0.00 - ZT 238 Tonga 0.08
108Iraq 0.00 - ZT 239 Trinidad and Tobago 0.08
109Ireland 0.05 240 Tunisia 0.00 - ZT
110Isle of Man 0.08 241 Turkey 0.05
111Israel 0.05 242 Turkmenistan 0.00 - ZT
112Italy 0.05 243 Turks and Caicos Islands 0.08
113Jamaica 0.08 244 Tuvalu 0.08
114Jan Mayen 0.02 245 Uganda 0.08
115Japan 0.03 246 Ukraine 0.00 - ZT
116Jarvis Island 0.08 247 United Arab Emirates 0.00 - ZT
117Jersey 0.08 248 United Kingdom 0.08
118Johnston Atoll 0.08 249 United States 0.08
119Jordan 0.00 - ZT 250 Uruguay 0.08
120Kazakhstan 0.00 - ZT 251 Uzbekistan 0.00 - ZT
121Kenya 0.08 252 Vanuatu NL
122Kingman Reef 0,08 253 Venezuela 0.05
123Kiribati NL 254 Vietnam 0.05
124Kosovo 0.05 255 Virgin Islands 0.08
125Kuwait AP - ZT 256 Wake Island 0.08
126Kyrgyzstan 0.05 257 Wallis and Futuna 0.05
127Laos 0.05 258 West Bank unknown
128Latvia 0.05 259 Western Sahara unknown
129Lebanon unknown 260 Yemen 0.00 - ZT
130Lesotho 0.08 261 Zambia 0.08
131Liberia unknown 262 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
Algeria
American Samoa
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
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Dhekelia
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
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
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Macedonia
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Manitoba
Mariana Islands
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia
Midway Islands
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Namibia
Navassa Island
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
Norway
Palau
Palmyra Atoll
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Saint Barthelemy
Saint Helena
Saint Lucia
Saint Martin
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
The Congo
Togo
Tokelau
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Islands
Wake Island
Wallis and Futuna
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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