Anytime you drive after drinking, there’s a possibility that you could get stopped by the police. Being responsible about how much alcohol you consume and how quickly after drinking you get behind the wheel can reduce your chances of getting arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) charges.
You may carefully pace yourself and only drink one beer per hour when out with friends or when you stop for a drink at happy hour before heading home. However, little changes to your drinking habits might increase your risk of failing a breath test.
Drinking when you skipped your lunch
If you had a long and stressful day at work, stopping for a beer afterward may seem like a treat. Unfortunately, a day that forced you to skip your lunch is not a day when it is safe to have a drink afterward if you plan to drive home. Consuming alcohol on an empty stomach can amplify the impairment you experience from the drink.
Changing to a different kind of alcohol
If you usually drink beer and try a whiskey-based cocktail, you may feel the effects of the drink more than you would if you stuck with your usual IPA. Changing the type of alcohol might mean that you underestimate the impact of the drink or overestimate how much you can consume without affecting your driving.
Drinking quickly because you need to leave
If you realize you need to leave, downing the drink you just ordered on your way out the door is it dangerous decision. When you consume alcohol rapidly rather than sipping it slowly, your body doesn’t have a chance to process it.
Any of these behaviors might lead to you getting arrested for a DUI when you feel like you should be sober enough to drive based on the number of drinks you’ve had. Learning more about what increases your risk for a DUI charge can reduce your risk of an arrest.