Drinking and Driving

Understand the blood alcohol laws in Switzerland...

Driving under the influence of alcohol in Switzerland: The blood/alcohol limit in Switzerland is 25 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (0.5 grams/litre).

  • Drivers with an alcohol level between 0.25 to and 0.39 mg/l will be charged with a fine and a warning. Repeat offenders will be banned from driving for at least one month and receive a fine or a three month prison sentence.
  • If the level is higher than 0.40mg/l or 0.08% drivers will be banned from driving for at least three months and receive a fine or a three month prison sentence.
  • If a passenger of a drunk driver has a driving licence, they are equally responsible

The police have the right to perform spot breathalyser tests.

The ch.ch website has more on drinking and driving penalties