Drinking and Driving

Understand the blood alcohol laws in Brazil...

Brazil has a "dry law" indicating a nearly zero alcohol tolerance law regarding driving. The tolerated blood alcohol limit is 0.2g/l, to allow for alcoholic mouthwashes or certain medicines.

This means that consuming a beer or small glass of wine before driving is now a serious offense. A driver found to have more than the legal limit of alcohol is fined based on the blood alcohol level - the higher the level, the larger the fine. In some cases, the driver faces suspension, and a driver that causes an accident, injury or death may also face jail.

Since its introduction, the law has reduced alcohol-related driving incidents considerably in a short period of time. Previously, an estimated 20,000 deaths per year on Brazil’s roads were alcohol related.