It is the number of ounces of alcohol in a drink and not the number of drinks that makes the difference. Not all drinks are the same. A mixed drink may have 3 ounces of alcohol in it, (the equivalent of 3 drinks). A martini typically has 2 ½ to 3 ounces of alcohol in it, depending on the restaurant or bar. If you have one martini, it can take over 3 hours to cancel the effects of the one drink!
ONE “DRINK” EQUALS:
- 1 oz. shot of 80 proof vodka, tequila, rum, etc
- 3 oz. glass of wine
- 12 oz. beer
HOW MUCH ALCOHOL DOES IT TAKES TO MAKE YOU “IMPAIRED”? IT DEPENDS ON SEVERAL FACTORS:
- How many ounces of alcohol you have consumed.
- How quickly you drink it.
- How much you weigh.
- How much food is in your stomach.
- Other medical conditions.
For example: If you weigh 140 pounds and have 3 drinks (note what a drink equals above) in an hour, your blood alcohol level will be at .08%, the legal limit. If your stomach is empty, or if you are tired, on medications, or emotional, less than 3 drinks in an hour can have a significant effect on you.
TIPS FROM THE DUI ATTORNEYS AT MELDON LAW
BEFORE DRINKING AND DRIVING, REMEMBER:
- The first thing affected after drinking alcohol is a person’s judgment. This means that you may think you can drive safely when you can’t.
- Alcohol also affects your vision and reduces your alertness and response time.
- Alcohol affects you differently at different times. If you are upset, overtired, or have an empty stomach, drugs or alcohol may have a stronger effect on you.
- Physical exercise, black coffee, fresh air, and cold showers DO NOT effectively help sober someone up. Only time will help.
- It takes over one hour to cancel the effects of one “drink”.
- Mixing drugs and alcohol can produce a strong reaction, even if the drugs are prescribed by your doctor or are over-the-counter medications.
DO NOT DRIVE IF YOU HAVE BEEN DRINKING OR TAKING DRUGS.
More than half of all Florida accidents in which someone is killed involve a driver who has been drinking or taking drugs. Alcohol and drugs can:
- Affect your judgment.
- Slow down your reactions.
- Make you think you are driving well when you are not.
- Make it harder for you to concentrate and judge distances.
- Affect your vision.
Remember, the only sure way of avoiding the lifelong consequences of a DUI conviction is to not drink and drive!
However, if it is too late, do not make another mistake – hire an experienced DUI/DWI lawyer to represent you and do it ASAP, don’t wait! You can contact us today at 1 800 373 8000.
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