Now: these days you could face an unlimited fine or up to 6 months in prison if you’re caught driving over the limit. If you cause an accident, the sentence could be much longer.
When it comes to car insurance, if you’re over the drink drive limit and have an accident, any claim for injury to you, or damage to your own car may not be paid. Any third party injury or damage would still be paid, but your insurance provider might try to recover their costs. Plus, in general, any kind of criminal conviction increases your premiums. Find out more about drink driving and UK laws.