Know Your Limit When It Comes To Alcohol

Instead of planning ahead and asking a non-drinker to drive them home, many people try to guess how many drinks they can have and still safely drive. Factors that influence how alcohol will affect people can vary widely based on what they have eaten during the day, if they have any other medications in their system, how much they weigh and whether they are tired. The best plan is not to drink any alcohol if you are going to drive.

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"Alcohol and cars don’t mix, period," according to the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the drunk driving laws in Texas reflect that statement. The Texas driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws use the measure of alcohol in your system, blood alcohol content (BAC), when determining if you will be charged with a DWI. BAC can be calculated through a breath, blood or urine specimen, or it can be calculated through the following formula:

  • %BAC = [Ounces of alcohol consumed x (5.14/person's weight) x .73 (for men or .66 for women) x number hours from start of drink to present]

This formula is not perfect, and it should not be used to decide whether or not you should drive, but it can be used as a guide to help you know your limit.

Do not take chances with your future. If you or someone you love has been charged with a DWI, it is important to act fast and protect your rights by securing experienced legal representation. The firm of Minton, Burton, Bassett, & Collins, P.C., was founded to provide aggressive and effective representation for people charged with felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses in communities throughout Texas.

Control the Effects of Alcohol

If you are going to drink alcohol, there are ways to minimize the effects. Keeping in mind that you should not drive if you have been drinking, using the above formula you can see that if you factor in an extended number of hours the alcohol can dissipate.

A standard drink is any drink that contains about 14 grams of pure alcohol. The contents of 12 ounces of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of a liquor drink (mixed drink or straight liquor) are all considered a standard drink. When drinking, keep in mind, that “a drink is a drink” regardless of the type of alcohol.

  • Eat food while you drink. Foods high in protein, such as meat, cheese and nuts, will help slow the absorption of alcohol into your body. Also, eat a full meal prior to going to any party or event where alcohol will be served without a meal.
  • Take Sips. Enjoy the flavors and aromas of the drink you are having, and don’t drink just to drink. Also, don’t participate in “chugging” contests or other drinking games where the goal is to simply consume alcohol as quickly as possible.
  • Say No. If you don’t want an alcoholic beverage just say “no” and have a water or soft drink instead. Accept a drink only when you really want one, and not due to peer pressure.
  • Drink Water. Drink a full 8-ounce glass of water after an alcoholic drink. This will keep your blood alcohol content level down and will space out the drinks. A general guideline when drinking is to limit consumption of alcoholic beverages to one drink per hour.

Contact an Experienced DWI Attorney Today

If you or someone you love is facing charges for an alcohol-related offense including DWI, protect yourself by contacting Minton, Burton, Bassett, & Collins, P.C. Let our Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists put their experience to work for you. Don’t delay.

Contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible after you have been charged to ensure that you have the best defense. We can be reached in Austin, TX, by phone at (512) 476-4873 or by filling out this online form.

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