Alcohol Profiles in the EU
 
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Informations to national alcohol legislation as well as alcohol politics of the EU members including Switzerland. a summary of the european legal limits you will find here. The consumption per habitant is based on the WHO publication (2003).

Flag of BegiumBelgium

Consumption per habitant 10,6 l pure alcohol per year. Special alcoholic beverages: Genever.

The legal limits for alcohol on road traffic was new regulated in Belgium by law from March 2006 with a limit of 50 mg/dL in blood resp. 0.22 mg/L in breath.

Above these limits the following staggered penalties are applied:

  • 50 - 79 mg/dL in blood resp. 0,22 - 0,34 mg/L in breath: 137,50 up to 2750 €, including driving ban possible
  • 80 -160 mg/dL in bood: 400 up to 11000 €, including driving ban possible
  • > 160 mg/dL in blood: 1100 up to 11000 €, driving ban from 1 month up to 5 years

Flag of BulgariaBulgaria

Consumption per habitant 5,9 l pure alcohol per year. Special alcoholic beverages: Wine.

The legal limits for alcohol on road traffic was set in Bulgaria to 50 mg/dL iin blood resp. 0,25 mg/L in breath. Possible penalties are:

  • < 120 mg/dL and less than 2 years driving experience: 300 up to 600 BGN (155 up to 310 €)
  • < 120 mg/dL and more than 2 years driving experience: 200 up to 500 BGN (103 up to 255 €)
  • > 120 mg/g: Imprisionment up to 2 years

Flag of DenmarkDenmark

Consumption per habitant 9,84 l pure alcohol per year. Special alcoholic beverages: Beer, Aquavit, bitter liquors.

The legal limits for alcohol on road traffic was set in Denmark to 50 mg/dL in blood. Possible penalty is at least a fine of 540 euro;.

 

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Last Update: 10/29/2010 - IMPRINT - FAQ