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Football season woes: Avoid a DWI after the game

Football season is great. You get to go out to the local sports bar with your friends. You enjoy a few beers while you're watching the game, and you generally have a great night.

The trouble doesn't start until you try to make your way home. Depending on the length of the game and how much you and your friends have been drinking, it may not be safe for you to drive home.

Fortunately, there are lots of good tips for staying safe and avoiding trouble after the latest game. Here are some ideas for staying safe and avoiding a DWI.

1. Eat with your drinks

The first thing that you should remember is that eating with alcohol has an impact on how it is digested. Having a beer with some food might aid with digestion as well as slowing the absorption of alcohol over time.

2. Make plans to get home safely after the game

After the game is over and everyone is ready to go home, remember that you will need to get there safely. It's best to plan your trip home in advance, so there's no question of how you'll get there. Prebook a cab, schedule an Uber or Lyft ride or have someone pick you up. That way, you won't be behind the wheel while drunk.

3. Limit your alcohol intake

Another thing you can do to make sure you're going to get home safely after the game is to limit how much you drink. An average person's body can process a single standard alcoholic beverage per hour. So, if you'll be there for two hours, having two or fewer beers would likely mean that your BAC is low enough to drive. However, it's still your best bet to get a ride home, just to be safe. Not everyone processes alcohol the same, so there's no guarantee that limiting your intake will be enough to keep your blood alcohol concentration under .08%.

These are three tips that you should consider if you're planning to go out and drink when you're watching the game. Eating some food with the alcohol, making plans ahead of time to get home safely and limiting how much you drink can all be good ways to prevent yourself from having a high blood alcohol concentration and potentially being arrested for a DWI. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping you safe.

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