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Denver Criminal Lawyer Discusses Avoiding a DUI This Holiday Season


December 14, 2016

There’s a lot to celebrate during the holiday season, and usually gatherings with friends, family members, or coworkers involve some sort of alcohol. But, if you plan on driving home after celebrating, you have to be responsible to keep yourself out of trouble and protect other drivers on the road. Here are tips from a Denver criminal lawyer to help you avoid a DUI this holiday season:

Eat food before going to a party.

Your body absorbs alcohol faster when you drink on an empty stomach, so you should never go to a party without eating something first. The food will coat your stomach and delay the absorption of alcohol so you can enjoy your time at the party and still get home safely.

Don’t believe everything you hear.

A lot of people follow the old “one drink per hour” rule, which states your body is able to eliminate one drink from your system every hour. Other people believe drinking one glass of water per alcoholic drink will provide the body with balance and prevent you from getting drunk, but this rule is also not accurate.
Although these rules may work for some people, they do not work for everyone. Every body processes alcohol differently, so you should never judge if you are ok to drive based on either one of these thought processes.

Download an app.

There are dozens of apps available for Apple and Android phones that help you estimate your blood alcohol levels after drinking. For example, Intoxicheck presents the user with six different challenges where they will have to test their reaction time, memory, and judgment. Users have to perform the tests while sober, and then again after consuming alcohol. Using the results from these tests, the app will determine whether you have had too much to drink. Although there’s no way to guarantee that these apps are 100% accurate, this is a good place to start if you’re deciding how to get home after a holiday party.

Plan ahead.

You should never take a “I’ll figure it out when I get there” attitude when it comes to planning how you are going to get home after the party. If you want to drink, coordinate with other guests at the party to see if anyone is not planning on drinking, and if so, ask for a ride. Or request and take an Uber or taxi to get to the party so you are forced to get a ride home after having a few drinks. Remember, your judgment becomes impaired when you start to drink, so don’t trust yourself to figure out a good solution after you have already consumed alcohol.

Have you been charged with a DUI? The Law Office of John Buckley can assist you with every aspect of your legal case. We work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure our clients receive the best representation possible. Contact John L. Buckley today to schedule a legal consultation.