Drinkers, Know YOUR Tolerance to Avoid a DUI, Says VA DUI Lawyer

If you drink, you MUST know your own body and understand your alcohol tolerance level. Otherwise, you risk getting pulled over for DUI in Virginia.

Here’s why you cannot rely on what everyone else is doing or pace yourself according to your drinking mates: every person’s body is different. And, because each body is different, each person’s body responds to alcohol in a different way. So, what would be fine for person A may not be fine for person B.

Certain universal factors impact a person’s blood-alcohol content. These include:

  • Number of drinks.
  • How fast the drinks were consumed.
  • Gender.
  • Age.
  • Weight.
  • How much food has been eaten.

So, for example, say a couple is at a bar together. They are roughly the same age. The man weighs 250 pounds; the woman weighs 120. They split an order of cheese fries, but the man eats more than the woman. Then, they drink the same number of drinks at the same pace. By the end of the evening, who is more likely to be impaired? Most likely, the woman. Even though she drank the same number of drinks at the same rate as her date, she’s female, weighs a lot less, and didn’t eat as much.

Keeping your alcohol consumption within a safe range for you may prevent you from getting pulled over for a DUI. If not, call Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, P.C. toll-free at 888-783-9701, or fill out an online contact form.

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