Most adults can enjoy one or two alcoholic beverages without breaking the law. Other people over-consume and end up getting arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Certain drinking habits might increase your likelihood of getting arrested and charged with a drunk driving offense. Making good choices when you consume alcohol socially can help you avoid a possible arrest.
1. Drinking on an empty stomach
Alcohol affects you more strongly on an empty stomach. When you have not eaten recently, you should likely abstain from alcohol because it may have a stronger impact than it would at other times.
2. Drinking a beverage as quickly as possible
The rate at which you consume alcoholic beverages affects your body’s ability to metabolize that alcohol. When you sip a drink slowly, your body has plenty of time to break down the alcohol as you introduce more.
If you drink an entire beer or mixed drink in just a few minutes, the impact could be more potent than you anticipate. Finishing a drink quickly before leaving an establishment could be a particularly dangerous choice.
3. Playing drinking games
If you feel compelled to drink, even when you already feel the effects of alcohol, you may consume far more than you usually would. You could quickly lose track of how many drinks you have had, which could be dangerous if you later try to drive home.
Allowing yourself enough time to digest the alcohol that you consume makes it more likely you can drive safely home from a bar, restaurant or social gathering in safety. Knowing your limits can help you reduce the likelihood of getting arrested and charged with a DWI offense.