Not everyone understands that it is possible to become too impaired to drive after only one drink. And this naivete can change a person’s life forever if they get charged with a DWI. Before you get behind the wheel, ask yourself these three questions to ensure a safe ride and to avoid a possible DWI charge.
#1. When Was My Last Drink?
While alcohol metabolism varies from person to person, the average rate of alcohol metabolism by the liver is one ounce of liquor per hour, which equates to roughly one standard drink. However, it is important to note that certain drinks contain more alcohol than others. In general, the liver metabolizes the following drinks this quickly:
- A shot of liquor: one hour
- A pint of beer: two hours
- A glass of wine: three hours
The more drinks you have, the longer it will take your liver to process the alcohol, and the higher your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) will be. Anyone caught driving with a BAC of 0.08% or greater will be charged with a DWI.
#2. Did I Have Anything to Eat?
Since alcohol is absorbed through the stomach lining, people can become more intoxicated more quickly when they drink on an empty stomach rather than a full stomach. This can lead to a higher BAC than when drinking after eating food.
It’s a smart idea to have food before drinking, and to drink water and have snacks while drinking so that you pace the alcohol absorption in your body.
#3. Does My Medication Affect Alcohol Metabolism?
Certain medications combine dangerously with alcohol. This can manifest in several ways: either the medication causes a dangerous or fatal interaction with alcohol, or the medication impacts how you feel alcohol’s effects. Sometimes, medications can make it more difficult to realize you are intoxicated, or may even enhance the feelings of intoxication.
Always read your medication bottle and ensure you do not consume alcohol with any drug that may have dangerous interactions with it.
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