Driving under the influence (DUI) charges, along with the same term for alcohol penalties driving while intoxicated (DWI), are commonplace today. It’s not a laughing matter either, as many studies point out how many driving related injuries and deaths are related to alcohol. It’s a problem, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll go over why it’s such a problem, why alcohol effects your ability to drive and leads to DUI and DWI arrests.
Alcohol and The Brain
Alcohol will reach your brain within seconds. You may have one shot and hit the road, but the alcohol in your bloodstream will effect vision and hearing, muscular ordination, and cause deterioration of judgment.
It does depend on the person and the amount you drink. For instance, a man of 250 lbs will have less effects for taking that one shot or two beers. The 110 lb woman, on the other hand, will feel the effects greatly. It’s dependent on the person, however, how much is drank, the time period, what you eat, and when you get in the car. There is even something to be said for how long you’ve been drinking; if you’re a regular drinker, you may handle the amount of alcohol differently than the 17 year old who’s never drank once.
Limits on DUI And DWI
If you’re a regular drinker, you may think you can handle your alcohol. If you’re not, you may think it’s okay just for a small amount. Making the mistake to drive doesn’t involve how you take the alcohol, but how high the level is in your body. Every state in the United States considers the legal limit to be 0.08%. If you hit that, you’re facing a DUI. Regular drinkers may feel little effects of the alcohol, but if you’re pulled over, it doesn’t matter.
And for good reason. All it takes is one mistake and someone gets hurt.
How the Body Handles Alcohol
This isn’t meant as a science study, but as a way to show you how much you’re body can handle alcohol, how long you should clearly wait before getting behind the wheel, and what you can expect if an officer does pull you over.
Once you take a drink and the alcohol hits your system, it depends on what’s already in you. If you’ve had nothing else to drink (without alcohol) or eat, it’s proven to have greater effects. If you eat a full meal along with your drink, it’s proven to limit the effects of alcohol.
For most people, you can expect 90% of the alcohol you drink to be absorbed into your system within an hour. That’s an average, but it does depend on the quantity of alcohol you drink, the strength of the drink, and what you already have in your stomach.
How Much Can You Drink?
So how much can you actually safely drink? A recent study proposes a theory. You divide the number 3.8 by your body weight in pounds; this is in effect the maximum percentage of alcohol your blood will get with each drink. The average beer, single shot, or glass of wine will add such amount of alcohol to your system. If you weighed 200 lbs and drank one beer, shot, or average glass of wine, each drink would add about 0.02% to your blood alcohol level. Of course, this is just an example and shouldn’t be taken exactly, but compare your number to the blood alcohol level limit (0.08), and you have a rough idea of what you can drink.
DUI and DWI
If you run into problems with DUI and DWI charges, you might consider lowering your drinking level if not drinking anytime you plan to drive at all. DUI charges can be very severe, and you must also think of others on the road. If you do make a mistake, hire a DUI attorney who can help you through the process and help with the laws involved.