With the holidays upon us, many Americans will enjoy alcoholic beverages at parties and gatherings. While it’s okay to consume alcohol in moderation, it’s common for people to drink more during the holidays. This can lead to an increase in drunk driving and auto accidents.
Before you head out the door to your next celebration, remind yourself that the number of DUI charges tends to increase at this time of year. This is why police officers are extra vigilant for impaired drivers during December.
Know your limits and stick to them
It’s important to know how much alcohol you can safely consume before your blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds the legal limit and puts you at risk of a DUI. The state of Maryland considers a BAC of 0.08% to be legally intoxicated.
Keep in mind that alcohol affects everyone differently depending on factors such as gender, weight, and diet. So, it’s important to understand your tolerance level to avoid impairing your cognitive and physical abilities.
Eat, stay hydrated and skip the drinking games
One way to avoid becoming intoxicated while drinking alcohol is to eat. Food in the stomach slows down the bloodstream’s absorption, which helps you avoid extreme drunkenness. Make sure to eat beforehand and during the celebration. Then have a snack afterward.
Alcohol tends to dehydrate the body, which can cause intoxication to happen more quickly. Staying hydrated by drinking water or other non-alcoholic drinks can also slow down your rate of absorption.
Avoid participating in drinking games, as they often lead to excessive alcohol consumption in a short period. This can impair your judgment and lead to irresponsible behaviors like drunk driving.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your holidays don’t include a DUI. Plan ahead, drink responsibly and seek assistance if you have any questions about your rights.