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Smart Drinker: Tips To Avoid Driving Under The Influence

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The best way to avoid the temptation of driving while under the influence is to avoid alcoholic beverages. But everyone deserves a little fun, right? This is especially true after a long week. The following are a few tips that can help you avoid driving under the influence.

The Simple Solutions

The first few things to consider are just precautions that could help you:

  • Leave your car at home. You can take a cab, public transportation or simply walk.
  • Make friends or take friends who do not drink to be your designated driver.
  • Drink at home or in a place that you can stay and sleep off your inebriation. 
  • Arrange for a pickup afterward. 

Some of the aforementioned advice should keep you out of your car while you are inebriated. You do not want to get in an accident or get a DUI. But there is another suggestion.

Hire A Driver To Take You Home

The opportunity to take a break from the stresses of life could pop up at any time. Should you avoid drinking because you did not plan ahead? Believe it or not, there are companies out there that help you and your car get home safe and sound. All you have to do is have the number handy and reserve a pickup. 

The companies vary from state to state, so just find out what company works best for you. You should also consider the next tip.

Prevent a DUI By Understanding Your Alcohol Consumption

You should learn your limits in regards to alcohol consumption. All drinks contain different amounts of alcohol, which affect how quickly the symptoms of your intoxication will go away. Understand that it takes your body about an hour to process an ounce of alcohol. To put that in perspective, just look at the alcoholic beverages below:

  • 1 bottle of beer equals an ounce of alcohol.
  • 1 glass of wine is about one ounce of alcohol.
  • 1 shot of hard liquor is an ounce of alcohol. 

Knowing the aforementioned information, you should drink the amounts once an hour--instead of several shots or glasses all at once. When you drink slowly, you can sober up quickly and drive home. Remember that the aforementioned statistics are just estimates.

You can also consider drinking less. Experts agree that the point in which alcohol gives you that feeling of euphoria, relaxation and peace is around .056. Drinking more than that starts to affect you negatively; it may even trigger some depression-like symptoms. The best thing about .056 is that it is an amount of alcohol that the law allows. The aforementioned percentage is around 1 to 1 and 1/2 beers. Or, you can simply purchase a breath analyzer to keep track of your alcohol levels. 

You can also eat a good meal before or as you drink. Food can help you absorb some of the alcohol and let you sober up slightly faster. 

As you can see, you can avoid a DUI case as long as you know what to do and apply it to your life.  If you do find yourself facing a DUI charge, contact an attorney in your area who specializes in these cases.