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Drinking alcohol has a serious effect on your ability to drive by:

  • Making it hard to concentrate.
  • Slowing your reaction time.
  • Distorting your hearing and vision.
  • Making you sleepy.

Remember - you don’t have to be drunk for alcohol to affect your ability to drive.


  • 1 in every 5 crashes that end in death involve drink driving.
  • 97% of drink drivers killed are men.
  • 64% of drink drivers killed are under 40 years.

Alcohol limits

Learner and provisional licence holders (P1 or P2) are restricted to a zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), so you cannot drink any alcohol if you are planning to drive. Even 1 drink will mean that you are over the legal limit.

Once you have your full licence, your BAC must be under 0.05 when you drive.

If you’re going to drive – don’t drink!


The consequences of drink driving can be serious.

Legal consequences

  • Police can suspend and confiscate your licence immediately.
  • You will have to pay a big fine and may even face time in prison.
  • You may end up with a criminal record which may affect your future employment or ability to get a visa to travel to some countries.

Personal consequences:

  • You could be responsible for killing or seriously injuring someone – yourself, a friend or someone you don’t know.
  • You may lose the respect of your friends and family.
  • You may lose parental trust and not be allowed to use the family car.

Financial consequences

  • Insurance may not cover a crash where the driver is over their legal BAC limit.
  • Your insurance premiums may be higher once you’re allowed to hold a licence again.
  • You might have to pay for public transport while your licence is suspended and cover the cost of taxis, trains and buses.
    • Social consequences

      • If you need a licence for work, you might lose your job or have difficulty getting a job because of a criminal record.
      • You could lose your independence by not being able to drive.
      • You might have to rely on public transport, friends or family for rides.

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Busted drink driving
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You will have to pay a big fine and may even face time in prison
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