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Drunk driver eight times over the limit

Police arrested a 43-year-old driver in Thessaloniki after a test of his blood alcohol content (BAC) was more than the breath analyzer could measure. Police said they stopped the driver in central Thessaloniki at about 5 p.m. on suspicions he had been drinking. The test showed the man’s BAC content was 0.20, that is, two grams of alcohol per 1,000 grams of blood or eight times above the legal limit. They could not provide a more accurate reading as 0.20 is the maximum BAC reading shown by the machine. Unless a person has developed a high tolerance, a BAC rating of 0.20 represents very serious intoxication. Most first-time drinkers are unconscious by about 0.15 while 0.35 represents potentially fatal alcohol poisoning. In Greece, the maximum legal limit of BAC is 0.025 milligrams of alcohol.