Anyone who drinks alcohol should avoid driving afterwards. Everyone knows this nowadays – even children. The good news is that for those who want to drink sparkling wine, beer or wine without posing a risk to themselves and other road users, there are now a variety of alcohol-free alternatives.
Drinks labelled ‘alcohol-free’ can still contain a small amount of residual alcohol. The law states that sparkling wine, wine and beer can only be labelled ‘alcohol-free’ if they contain no more than 0.5% alcohol. Some manufacturing processes produce drinks with lower alcohol content. So a 100 ml glass of sparkling wine contains a maximum of 0.5 ml alcohol.
Drivers can consume as many alcohol-free drinks as they like. Even drivers who are under 21 and/or still in the probationary period, who are strictly prohibited from consuming alcohol in Germany, for example, can enjoy these drinks. That’s because even if you drink large amounts of these beverages within a short period, you won’t get drunk. This was the conclusion of a study by the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Freiburg: the highest blood alcohol level measured after the consumption of 1.5 litres of an ‘alcohol-free’ beverage was 0.56 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. That’s less than a thirtieth of the permitted limit. And just 30 minutes after the last mouthful, no more alcohol was detected in any of the participants.