A driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction could cost you your job, tarnish your reputation and in some cases even result in jail time. The details of the law varies from state to state but all frown upon driving while intoxicated. Here are a few things you can do to protect your license and avoid a DWI conviction:
1. Eat Something
If you eat while drinking it will slow down the rate your body absorbs the alcohol and your blood alcohol content will rise at a slower rate. A full meal is best but even a snack will make the difference in diluting the alcohol.
2. Have a Designated Driver
If you are on a night out, watching the game or enjoying drinks at a party, then it is a good idea to have someone designated to drive everyone home.
This person will need to have a full valid driving license, insurance and everyone’s addresses so they can get you all home. If you have drinks regularly with friends, it is a good idea to take turns doing this. That way everyone gets their turn.
3. Travel Where You Need to Go by Public Transport
If you go somewhere and don’t plan on drinking then end up drinking. Leave your vehicle where it is and catch a cab, train or the bus home. You might be annoyed at the cost, but whatever it is, cheaper than a court fine and a better choice than losing your license.
4. Stay in a Hotel or at a Friend’s House
If you are planning on a heavy drinking session or like to party hard then plan ahead by booking a hotel or staying at a friend’s house so you don’t have to drive. Also be aware that even if you have slept all night alcohol can still be in your system the next morning as it takes a while to leave your body so make sure you have a good breakfast and give yourself a few hours to recover. If you think you might still be drunk, don’t drive.
5. Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking plenty of water before and between alcoholic drinks helps dilute the alcohol, reduce hangover effects and while it won’t stop you getting drunk it will help to slow down the rate your body absorbs it. Drinking water also helps you flush out your system so it is a good idea to drink water after a night out.
6. Choose Drinks that are Low in Alcohol
The issue is being over the limit, it is not drinking per se. If you don’t want to feel left out then opt for drinks that are low in alcohol so you can stay within the legal limit. Hard liquor is one of the worst things you can drink if you want to avoid being over the limit.
It is high in alcohol and will get you drunk quick so you can’t have much of it. Beer and lager are low in alcohol as are some cocktails. The Crooner, The Americano, Sangria and Bellini are all low in alcohol. It is also a good idea to buy a breathalyzer to ensure you are within the legal limit.