UK to raise alcohol-related criminal behaviour by 10% hit to improve health service

Britain will increase its existing 10% alcohol-related suspension to at least 25%, as the government aims to both curb and improve the quality of care for those covered by NHS social care.

The 10% alcohol-related driving limitation has traditionally been included with a 20% alcohol limit for all drivers in the UK, in line with European legislation.

The Government has previously said it will intensify efforts to reduce alcohol-related DV – which is most likely to arrest someone driving after consuming small amounts of alcohol – by at least 50% by 2025.

This mirrors measures announced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which outlined a new, incentive-driven low-risk system, including a 200% target for all drivers aged 16 and over.

The 10% alcohol-related suspension will initially apply to drivers aged 40 and over. At least 10% of non-married drivers aged 12 and over will also be eligible.

Ministers said the 10% drinking limit would be in line with a previous 10% limit in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Alcohol-related DWAQ is a serious, avoidable and preventable public health risk for the many who are affected including those who cannot drive when sober, carers caring for patients, and down the line, public and private health care workers.

Clinics and roadside testing have been highlighted by the Government, NHS and the PSNI security service.

Health Minister Matt Hancock said: “The increased penalties for driving with low blood alcohol levels is a major step towards bringing cheap drinking to the community.

“This furthers our long-term goal to reduce alcohol-related DV in the community, which has been effectively abolished as a result of the raising of the 10% drinking limit.

“As part of our strategy to help reduce this risk for those who care for people with a drinking problem, we are introducing roadside alcohol testing in the three healthcare systems responsible (NHS, GP and Public Health).

“Driving commanders should also come up with a personal intervention plan in which a driver can showcase any alcohol-related challenges they face and set out the way in which they can lessen it. “

Air ambulance and medical transport, transport logistics and airport services – all of which are affected – will be ­affected.

Senior minister in charge of health, Peter Horby, who will announce on Thursday a new radical change to the 10% alcohol limit, emphasised the importance of drivers seeing a doctor before travelling unless they have a health reason.

“It’s the right thing to do, ” Horby told BBC radio.

Laboratory research by Professor Fiona Thompson, a senior lecturer in the Public Health Practice and NHS Trust, showed that many drivers aged 17 and over over who drank alcohol in the first 12 months of 2017 were less likely to drive a vehicle when they came across a health red light.

She said the new rules would also help to save lives “for all drinks in the first 12 months”.