Drinking and driving in the EU

The legal limit

The legal limit is not the same in all EU-member states. In Table 1 the legal limits of the 25 EU-member states are presented. Some EU-member states have different penalties for different limits and have different limits for novice drivers and professional drivers. These limits are not mentioned in Table 1.

Table 1: legal alcohol limits for the general driver population

Country Standard BAC limit
Austria 50mg
Belgium 50mg
Cyprus 22mg
Czech Republic 0mg
Denmark 50mg
Estonia 20mg
Finland 22mg
France 50mg
Germany 50mg
Greece 50mg
Hungary 0mg
Rep. of Ireland 50mg
Italy 50mg
Latvia 50mg
Lithuania 40mg
Luxemburg 50mg
Malta 80mg
Netherland 50mg
Poland 20mg
Portugal 50mg
Slovakia 0mg
Slovenia 50mg
Spain 50mg
Sweden 20mg
United Kingdom* 80mg

*  Plans are underway in Northern Ireland and Scotland to move to 50mg


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