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Yaya Touré Claims to have consumed alcohol unintentionally. How much did he drink?

Conor Johnstone
13 December 2016

Manchester City footballer Yaya Touré has been convicted of drink driving after pleading guilty at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court.


The offence is said to have taken place in Dagenham, east London on Tuesday 29th November. The footballer’s breath reading was 75 microgrammes – more than twice England’s legal limit of 35 micrograms.

Mr Touré will have received a driving disqualification in the region of 18 months. This can be reduced by 25% with the drink driving rehabilitation course. The minimum period of disqualification is 12 months.

Interestingly, the Manchester City Footballer claims not to have consumed the alcohol intentionally, which may be difficult for some to accept considering the level of alcohol in his breath. If we run some basic calculations, a male of Mr Touré’s physical proportions would have to consume;

  • 400ml of Vodka (at 37.5%) over three hours, or;
  • 7 pints of beers (3.5%) over three hours, or;
  • 1.5 bottles of wine (13%) over three hours

to produce an equivalent breath reading…


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