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One drink is too many, says Brake

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As police forces across the UK launch a month-long drink and drug driving enforcement campaign, road safety charity Brake has requested that the country's motorists pledge not to drive at all after drinking alcohol.

The drink-drive limit in England and Wales is 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood - higher than in any other European country. Brake noted that just 20 to 50 mg of alcohol was found to increase the risk of suffering an accident by three times, according to a 2010 survey by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Every month in Britain sees 108 people seriously injured by motorists who have exceeded the drink-drive limit.

"Even very small amounts of alcohol increase your risk of crashing dramatically, yet every year thousands of drivers risk it, and too often this results in tragedy," said Brake chief executive Julie Townsend.

Last year's police campaign resulted in 83,000 motorists being stopped and breathalysed. Six per cent of those were found to be over the limit or refused to take the test.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801593943-ADNFCR

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