Halloween is coming up and Anchorage police officers and Alaska State Troopers will be on alert for impaired drivers. This is my Second tip in a series of tips for a DUI-free holiday: Know Your Limits.
I can’t stress enough the importance of knowing your limitations. Halloween (and the holiday season in general) is filled with drinking activity, whether it be work parties or family celebrations. Some people only drink on special occasions, such as Christmas or New Year’s. These people may be less familiar with their own limitations than a more regular drinker.
With that in mind, here are some things to remember to have a safe and happy holiday:
- Don’t consume more than a drink or two if you believe you are going to be driving. Alcohol affects everyone differently, based on a number of factors, including the person’s age, health, gender, weight, and body fat percentage.
- Don’t drink alcohol on an empty stomach. Food in the stomach affects how the body absorbs alcohol in the cocktails we drink. Drinking on an empty stomach can cause unintended consequences, including sudden intoxication.
- Stick to preset servings of alcohol, and avoid mixed drinks and premixed cocktails. Often, you don’t know how much alcohol is in the mixed drinks. It may have one ounce of alcohol per five ounces or it may have three, and you can’t necessarily judge the alcohol concentration of a beverage based on its taste. It is always a good idea to stick to traditional serving sizes of beer or wine.
- Don’t drink alcohol while taking medication, whether over the counter or prescription. Many over the counter and prescription drugs interact with even limited amounts of alcohol and can impair a person’s ability to drive. Ignorance of this fact is no defense to a DUI charge.
- Don’t buy into the myth that coffee sobers you up. There is no truth to this. Once alcohol has entered your system, it will be absorbed and then processed by your body at its own pace. The only way to sober up is for time to take its course.
- If you overdo it, accept responsibility for your actions. Call a cab, or get a friend or family member to drive you home. Don’t worry about what people will think. They will be supportive of your decision to avoid the potential of endangering yourself and others.
If you are faced with the unfortunate situation of having been charged with a DUI/DWI or OUI, you should contact a criminal defense attorney. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions can affect employment applications and result in substance abuse treatment. Please contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden at 907-771-9002 for honest, relentless criminal defense. It is best to talk to a criminal defense lawyer so that you know what your options are. You can also visit our Blog or Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.