Coffee and cold showers cannot prevent DUIs

On behalf of Jack B. Rubin, PA posted in Drunk Driving on Friday, September 25, 2015.

There is nothing wrong with going out on the town in Baltimore and having a couple of drinks. But it is advisable to keep your consumption under control. Once you have imbibed enough that your blood alcohol concentration exceeds the legal limit, it takes time for the alcohol to dissipate from your system. Still, the world is filled with myths regarding how a person can overcome the effects of alcohol.

For example, it is believed by some that it is possible to accelerate the process of sobering up. This is simply not true. Nonetheless, people may try drinking coffee or taking cold showers. But the fact is that in order to diminish blood alcohol concentration, the liver must metabolize the alcohol. This process is set and slow and varies among individuals. So while coffee or a cold shower may create a feeling of alertness, they in no way alter a person’s BAC.

There is also the belief that you can inhibit the absorption of alcohol by using a milky or greasy solution to coat your stomach. The idea is that this will prevent you from becoming drunk or sick. However, there is no way to coat your stomach to thwart the effects of drinking.

So, you need to be aware that what you drink will get into your system and stay there for some time. But even with this knowledge, it is still easy to overdo it a little. And should you have a couple too many and then start to drive home, you could be stopped by the police and arrested for driving under the influence. If this happens, you may be faced with different penalties, including the suspension of your license.

If you should ever receive a DUI, you will have good reason to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced DUI attorney can go over your case and help you build a defense that gives you the opportunity for your best possible outcome.

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