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Too many drinks may ruin a good time and increase DWI risk

At many social gatherings, you and many others in North Carolina choose to consume alcohol as part of the festivities. Often, alcoholic beverages may make you feel loosened up and allow you to feel as if you enjoy yourself more than if you drank only non-alcoholic beverages. However, it may interest you to know that drinking too much alcohol could hamper your good time, as well as put you at risk of a high blood-alcohol concentration level.

The biphasic curve shows how different levels of BAC could impact your feelings and risk of hangover after consuming certain amounts of alcohol. As a result, you may find yourself looking into ways to keep your BAC level low.

Cultural myth

You, like many other people, may have believed the cultural myth that the more alcohol you consume, the better you will feel. However, research suggests that once your BAC level exceeds .055 percent, you will likely begin to experience more negative impacts as well as an increased potential for a worse hangover later. Of course, most individuals do not keep track of their blood-alcohol concentration regularly, especially when they hope to have a good time with friends.

Keep BAC low

Though you may not have the means to immediately and accurately check your BAC level, having some basic information on how alcohol affects your body could prove useful. For instance, if a male with a body weight of approximately 180 lbs. consumes two drinks per hour, his BAC level will likely reach an estimated .04 percent. Therefore, knowing your body weight and how a certain number of drinks per hour impacts your body may give you a better ability to keep your BAC low.

Certain actions could also potentially help you keep your BAC level lower. Some of those actions include:

  • Eating food while consuming alcohol
  • Sipping drinks rather than chugging one after another
  • Avoiding party drinking games as they often involve consuming high levels of alcohol in short periods of time
  • Alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Using caution with drinks with unknown alcohol content

By carrying out these actions, you may allow yourself to remain at a BAC level that allows you to have a good time without overdoing it. Additionally, a lower BAC level could lower your risk of a DWI charge.

DWI charges

Of course, after getting caught up in a good time, it can prove difficult to limit your alcohol consumption and remain aware of your possible BAC level. As a result, your BAC could rise even though you do not necessarily feel impaired. If you get behind the wheel and an officer suspects you of DWI, you could face charges. In such a situation, information on DWI defense may prove useful to you.

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