Drink-Driving in Germany


The numbers of alcohol-related deaths registered in 2019 and 2020
were respectively 228 and 156 (out of 3 059 total road deaths in 2019 and 2 724 in 2020).
These figures include all participants involved in a crash where a driver was found under the
influence. In 2020, alcohol-related deaths accounted for 5,7% of all road deaths registered
in Germany.

BAC limits and sanctions

0.5 standard

0.0 for novice and professional drivers

The table below summarises the sanctions and penalties set out in German road traffic law, according to BAC level:

BAC (g/l)Fine Driving banPenalty Points
0.5 - 1.09 g/l500
(1000 if second offence;
1500 if third offence)
1 month
(3 months for second and third offence)
1.1 g/l and above Jail or large fineDependent on the BAC level
and the driving history
Non-respect of the
zero-tolerance limit
for novice drivers
250Extension of the
probationary period for
2 additional years


Only alive suspected drivers are tested. In case of a single vehicle collision when nobody else has been injured, the alcohol test will not be done.

No data on enforcement is available as the responsibility is delegated to the federal state level in

Rehabilitation and Alcohol Interlock programmes

No Alcohol Interlock rehabilitation programme in place.


Every two years the Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen DHS organises the nationwide
Alcohol Action Week. This prevention campaign invites the general public to take a
critical look at alcohol and alcohol consumption, also in the context of driving.

The Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) runs another campaign directed to
young drivers about the danger of driving under the influence of alcohol.

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