Drink & Drug Driving Convictions in the UK

Where in the UK are drivers most likely to have a conviction for drink or drug driving?
Explore our interactive map to find out

If you cause an accident or are even just caught driving while under the influence, regardless of if anyone is hurt, you'll be banned from driving for at least a year, hit with a hefty fine, and have points added to your licence, which will affect future insurance premiums.

It’s positive then to see an ongoing fall in drink drug driving conviction rates based on our analysis of over 6 million car insurance enquiries.

Rates have been on a downward trajectory for some time and it’s likely that lockdown has had a further impact, with people driving less and there being greater restrictions on where alcohol can be consumed.

The data finds that drink-related offences have continued to decline year-on-year, from 1.02 per 1,000 drivers in 2018, to 0.86 in 2019, to 0.79 this year. However, drug driving offences continue to increase - from 0.11 per 1,000 drivers in 2018, to 0.13 in 2019, to 0.17 in 2020.

Despite the increase in drug driving rates the combined drink and drug driving conviction rate is down from 1.13 per 1,000 drivers in 2018, to 0.98 in 2019, to 0.96 this year.

How the data is calculated

The analysis is based on over six million car insurance quotes run on MoneySuperMarket over the last 12 months (01/11/2019 – 31/10/2020) with the rate of a conviction present in a driver’s car insurance enquiry per 1,000 drivers used to identify trends.

Men for example, with a rate of 1.32 per 1,000 drivers are more than twice as likely as women at 0.50 per 1,000 drivers to be convicted of a drink or drug driving offence. When it comes to age, drivers between the age of 20 and 24 (2.35) are the most likely to be convicted, while drivers over the age of 65 (0.10) are the least likely. 

Alongside the rates for drink driving offences across the country as a whole our data also reveals the drink and drug driving hotspots in the UK – to see the drink and drug driving conviction rates in your area, view the tables or use our interactive map below. 

Click and zoom to see drink and drug driving conviction rates across the UK

Locations with fewest convictions

Rank Postal Area Postal Area Code Rate per '000 quotes
1 Ilford and Barking IG 0.57
2 West End W 0.58
3 North London N 0.58
4 North West London NW 0.59
5 Perth PH 0.59
6 Watford WD 0.61
7 South West London SW 0.62
8 Glasgow G 0.64
9 Dundee DD 0.66
10 Cambridge CB 0.67

Locations with most convictions

Rank Postal Area Postal Area Code Rate per '000 quotes
1 Llandudno LL 1.58
2 Blackpool FY 1.57
3 Liverpool L 1.57
4 Darlington DL 1.48
5 Newport NP 1.44
6 Shrewsbury SY 1.43
7 Carlisle CA 1.42
8 Swansea SA 1.42
9 Cardiff CF 1.38
10 Teesside TS 1.37