Centre for Road Safety

Slower reflexes, more mistakes

Alcohol reduces your ability to react quickly to hazards and make sound judgements. Motorcycle rider casualties are four times more likely to be fatal if the rider has an illegal blood alcohol level.

Alcohol increases risk

Alcohol and other drugs slow reflexes, reduce co-ordination, impair depth perception and increase risk taking behaviour, making a crash more likely. Alcohol is even more of a risk when you are riding. It affects a rider's balance and sensitivity to movements, making it increasingly difficult for a rider who has had even one drink to maintain control of their motorcycle.

Avoid drinking and riding

Any amount of alcohol can affect your riding, even when you are below the legal limit. If you plan to ride, it's best not to drink, and if you've been drinking, don't ride.

The legal blood alcohol limit in NSW for learner and provisional riders is zero.