Alcohol and driving do not go together! Anyone who consumes alcoholic beverages and still gets behind the wheel endangers themselves and other road users: even small amounts alter perception, information processing and the ability to act. Already from 0.2 per mille a reduction of the visual performance sets in, moving light sources (z. B. other cars) can not be seen so well. At the same time, the reaction times are lengthening. Attention, the ability to concentrate, criticize and judge diminish, and the willingness to take risks increases.

Legal consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol

Alcohol ban for novice drivers

Drivers under 21 and novice drivers in probationary period are absolutely forbidden to drink! In case of a violation of the zero-alcohol limit, the following penalties apply:

  • Post-training seminar / retraining with costs of at least 200 euros
  • Extension of the probationary period
  • Fine as a rule of 250 euros
  • 1 point in the central traffic register

From 0.3 per mille

If there are signs of unsafe driving and cause an accident, the driver faces the following penalties:

  • 2 points in the central traffic register (with driving ban)
  • 3 points in the central traffic register (in case of revocation of driving license)
  • Fine or imprisonment (up to 5 years)

From 0.5 per mille

Without signs of unsafe driving, the following penalties apply:

  • 2 points in the central traffic register
  • fine up to 3.000 euros
  • Driving ban (up to 3 months)

From 0.5 per mille

If there are signs of driving unsafety and causing an accident, you face the following penalties:

  • 2 points in the central traffic register (with driving ban)
  • 3 points in the central traffic register (with withdrawal of the driving license)
  • Fine or imprisonment (up to 5 years)

From 1.1 per mille

In any case, the following penalties apply:

  • 3 points in the central traffic register
  • Fine or imprisonment (up to 5 years)
  • Revocation of driving license

Degradation speed

The rate of degradation of alcohol in men is ca. 0.15 per mille/hour. and for women ca. 0.1 per mille/hour. Example: If a man with 80 kg body weight drinks 0.5 liters of wine or 1 liter of beer (corresponds to ca. 40 grams of pure alcohol) this results in a blood alcohol concentration of 0.7 per mille (without food). Only after approx. 5 hours the alcohol is completely decomposed. Caution: Due to residual alcohol in the body, even driving a car the morning after a “long party night” can be dangerous.


The reduction of the blood alcohol concentration can neither be achieved by eating, drinking (z. B. Coffee) or speed up fresh air!

Tips for “party people

  • If you are going out with friends, you should always clarify at the beginning of the evening who will be driving and thus remain sober.
  • “Support” the driver by buying him non-alcoholic drinks and/or contributing to the cost of gasoline.
  • If you use public transport, it is important to know the appropriate departure times or the nearest bus stop. to have a roadmap at hand.
  • Telephone numbers of cab companies you should always have with you and also plan enough cash for a cab. So it is best to keep a fixed amount separate from the rest of the money as a “cab reserve” in your pocket.

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A female doctor talking to patients

The majority of consumers handle alcoholic beverages responsibly and enjoy them in moderation. Alcoholic beverages, however, are not “normal food”. Within certain limits and conditions, the consumption of alcoholic beverages is not harmful to health.

If certain limits are exceeded, on the other hand, the risks of damage to health increase. These limits also depend on gender and age. In connection with certain chronic diseases (e.g. B. diabetes, allergies, migraines) or medication, additional risks may arise under certain circumstances. Here you can get comprehensive information as a consumer about:

  • The effect of alcohol
  • Limits for low-risk consumption (men and women)
  • Risks

Alcohol has an influence on a multitude of bodily functions. Here you will find further topics that will help you to take to heart a healthy, conscious approach to alcoholic beverages:

  • Potency
  • Immune system
  • Medication
  • Energy drinks
  • Diabetes
  • Migraine
  • Alcohol and fear
  • Allergies
  • Older
  • Adolescents
  • Parents
  • Women
  • Men
  • Where does the hangover come from?

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Tastillery boys smaller

Pleasure has many facets – but without the right measure it does not work! On this page you will find many suggestions about the conditions of enjoyment: time, balance, leisure, a nice ambience, the company of nice people and of course the products themselves play a central role. But each of us has his own limits of pleasure, then when no longer the positive experience of the pleasure moment, but the effect is in the foreground.

You can find suggestions about enjoyment here:

  • Videos with pleasure messages
  • Enjoy cocktails in moderation
  • The production of spirits
  • Aperitif and digestif
  • Interview on the subject of enjoyment with Mrs. Dr. Bernecker

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A glass with an alcoholic beverage

Here you can find nutritional and ingredient information about the types of spirits sold in the EU and in Germany. These are listed alphabetically from A to Z. The calorie label is shown in the usual German drinking unit of 20 ml and next to it in 100 ml – as well as a list of ingredients, the full nutrition declaration and other important information about the production process. The database includes minimum standards for spirits.

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Graphic with 'Consumer Protection' lettering

Alcoholic beverages require a high degree of responsibility on the part of the manufacturer or importer of alcoholic beverages – in sales, marketing and advertising.

Responsible action also includes sensible, comprehensible and effective self-regulation that goes beyond legal regulations. For example, the industry of manufacturers and importers of alcoholic beverages has imposed numerous voluntary rules on itself to prevent abusive consumption:

  • in the field of advertising
  • in the area of brand names and packaging of spirits
  • for the sale of spirits and spirituous beverages
  • in the field of online trade with spirits

In addition, various prevention initiatives of the BSI’s “Alcohol and Responsibility Working Group” support the goal of consistently complying with the protection of minors and preventing abusive consumption in certain situations (pregnancy, traffic, workplace).

  • Marketing
  • Sale
  • Dispensing
  • Self-regulation of the German Advertising Council
  • Policy Paper
  • Prevention

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A group of people sitting together at dinner

Alcoholic beverages are a traditional cultural asset for our society and are offered on a wide variety of occasions. At the same time, everyone should make a responsible decision for themselves as to whether the consumption of alcoholic beverages is appropriate in a given situation. On the other hand, there should not be an automatism to the consumption of alcohol, because enjoyment is the conscious and “special” moment.

Therefore, society should take a conscious look at certain situations to challenge problematic automatisms of consumption and promote responsible consumption:

  • FoMo: Fear of Missing Out, the fear of missing something
  • The social environment
  • Stress management
  • Workplace (addiction in the workplace)
  • Alcohol in the workplace/lunch break

The “Working Group on Alcohol and Responsibility” is a BSI committee that deals with all “non-commercial” tasks. These activities are based on the conviction that the companies in the sector have an active co-responsibility for ensuring that consumers use the products properly and in a way that is compatible with their health.

The activities of the “Alcohol and Responsibility Working Group” include prevention, education and information measures (such as. B. this website) as well as the effective self-regulation of the member companies of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Spirituosen-Industrie und -Importeure e. V.

Indirectly, all BSI member companies support the “Alcohol and Responsibility Working Group”, whose work is accompanied by a large number of neutral scientists and experts. This is made up of medical experts, psychologists and pedagogues, who independently check and help shape the content of the activities.

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