Drinking and Driving: Kansas DUI Lawyer Separates Fact from Fiction

We live in a time where we can easily find out information by either using a computer, laptop, smart phone or even a tablet. However, with all the information floating around it still can sometimes be difficult to separate fact from fiction. There are a lot of myths floating around about drinking and driving both on and off the web. One of the best ways to avoid a DUI is to make sure you have the facts straight about drinking and driving. The following are a few questions to test your drinking and driving knowledge:

  • “A person cannot get drunk from drinking only beer.” False. Some individuals are under the misconception that they cannot get drunk from drinking beer. Other people think that you will get drunk faster from hard liquor than beer. The fact is that it is the amount of alcohol in the drink that plays the most important role in how intoxicated a person will become, not the type of drink. Believe it or not, there is the same amount of alcohol in the average 1.5- ounce shot of 80-proof hard liquor as there is in a 5-ounce glass of table wine or 12-ounces of regular beer. All three of these drinks contain approximately .6-ounces of pure alcohol or the equivalent of 14 grams.
  • “A person who has a few drinks is still considered okay to drive legally.”  It depends. Even a small amount of alcohol can begin to impair your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The level of impairment that a person experiences after a few drinks can vary widely and depends on various factors including age, weight and gender. How a few drinks will affect your blood alcohol concentration or BAC can also depend on whether the drinks were consumed on a full or empty stomach and how quickly the drinks were consumed. If the three drinks were evenly spaced out over the course of four hours, that may be enough time for some people to able to operate a vehicle under the legal limit.  However, if those same three drinks were consumed in the span of one hour, that same person would likely be well over the legal limit of .08 BAC. Another factor that plays into how a person’s body processes alcohol is whether he or she is on any medications. If you are taking any medication talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking it with alcohol.
  • “The non-alcoholic mixer a person combines with hard liquor does not affect a person’s BAC in any way.” False. A recent study featured in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found that participants who drank alcoholic drinks mixed with sugar-free (diet) soda had a much higher BAC on average after drinking the same amount when compared to participants who drank alcoholic drinks mixed with sugary (non-diet) soda. The scariest part of the study is that the participants who drank the drinks mixed with diet soda did not rate themselves as feeling any more intoxicated than the participants who drank the drinks mixed with non-diet soda, despite the fact that they were more intoxicated. The participants who consumed the diet-soda mixed drinks also had slower reaction times compared to those participants who drank the non-diet soda mixed drinks.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence or DUI, you need to speak with an experienced Kansas Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible. For over 35 years, the Whitman Law Offices has been representing clients on alcohol related offenses in Lawrence and Northeast Kansas. To schedule your free and completely confidential consultation call (785) 843-9460. Kansas DUI Defense Attorney Charles E. Whitman will take the time carefully review the facts of your case and explore with you all the possible defenses.

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