LV= car insurance has commissioned research which reveals that the number of drivers who have driven whilst under the influence of alcohol has almost doubled since 2009.
The vast majority (88%) realise drink driving affects their driving ability, but 15% nevertheless admit to having driven whilst over the legal limit.
The rise in drink driving is thought to be due to confusion regarding how many units of alcohol are in popular drinks (80% underestimate the number of units in lager, for example).
Larger wine glasses have also made it more difficult for drivers to correctly gauge just how many units of alcohol they are imbibing.
Adding to the confusion is the perhaps surprising fact that just a third (34%) of drivers even know what the legal limit for drinking and driving is.
LV= car insurance MD John O’Roarke said that the only way to ensure a driver is under the legal limit is to abstain entirely.
The confusion around alcohol follows the news, revealed by LV= last month, that 33% of motorists used their phones whilst driving.