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Chugging a beer before you head home can be a bad call

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2021 | DWI Defense

There comes a time every evening when you want to pack up and head home. Whether the host has started cleaning up after a party or the hostess at the restaurant has turned off the open sign, you may need to go home a little earlier than you had planned.

You might have just ordered a drink or opened a bottle at a party. Rather than wasting it, your first inclination will likely be to chug it. By drinking it as quickly as possible, you avoid waste while simultaneously getting ready to leave, thus minimizing the inconvenience to workers or hosts.

Chugging a beer can sometimes give you a bit of a head rush. You might consider that intense sensation a warning that your body can’t process all of that alcohol as quickly as you consume it. If you happen to get pulled over by police after downing one last drink quickly after a night of steady but responsible alcohol consumption, you could wind up charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

The rate at which you consume a drink affects how much the drink affects you

Whether you have a white wine spritzer, a lager or a mixed drink, the most responsible and safest way to enjoy it is slowly sipping it. Not only will you be able to savor the flavor and socialize more, but you will also give your body a little more time to process the alcohol.

The same amount of alcohol rapidly consumed can lead to more significant levels of impairment in the short-term future for the drinker. In other words, an amount of alcohol that would not have made you drunk if enjoyed over a half an hour might affect both your driving performance and chemical testing results more strongly than you expect if you drink it in a few seconds.

Even those who make good decisions sometimes face DWI charges

Knowing your limits, drinking responsibly and choosing not to drive if you had too much are all good decisions for those who enjoy alcohol socially. However, even if you are as responsible as possible with your consumption habits, you could find yourself accused of a DWI.

Improperly calibrated breath test units and many other factors can lead to getting falsely accused and arrested for impaired driving. From challenging evidence to establish things that you were not under the influence at the time of the traffic stop, there could be a number of ways for people to defend against a pending DWI charge.

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Travis Noble is a graduate of the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard University, and he lectures at seminars nationwide on DWI/DUI topics. He is the lawyer whom other lawyers consult to defend their DWI clients. Most importantly, he has a track record of successfully defending some of the toughest DWI cases in Missouri and beyond.

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