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Understanding what affects alcohol metabolism may prevent a DUI

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2022 | Traffic Offenses Blog Post |

Alcohol does not affect everyone the same. Understanding this can help prevent drivers from getting behind the wheel, even if it seems they have not had that much to drink.

The state of Virginia takes drinking under the influence seriously, and getting a DUI can have long-lasting effects. Although there are general standards regarding how many drinks it takes to reach a BAC of .08, different factors affect how fast the body metabolizes alcohol.

Factors involved in alcohol metabolism

According to the Stanford University Office of Alcohol Policy and Education, due to body composition and the presence of more alcohol metabolizing enzymes, men generally can drink more than women. People who weigh more also, generally, can handle more alcohol in their systems.

People who drink without any food in their stomach absorb more alcohol quickly, resulting in a higher BAC than those who eat before and while drinking. The rate of consumption is also a factor. Drinking quickly slows down metabolism, while slowly sipping leads to a lower intoxication level.

Taking medication, whether a prescription or over the counter one, affects the metabolism of alcohol. Taking both at the same time may also have dangerous interactions, depending on the specific medication. Read the label on medication before drinking alcohol.

Because of all the factors that affect how quickly alcohol absorbs and metabolizes in the body, the smartest consideration is to use a designated driver or ride service if planning on drinking any amount of alcohol.

Consequences of a DUI

According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the penalties associated with a first offense DUI conviction include:

  • Fine ranging from $250 to $25000
  • License revocation of one year
  • Potential jail time up to one year

In addition, the court will require drivers to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle and attend an alcohol safety program.

If you or a love one are facing any type of DUI charge, you need an experienced and skilled defense attorney who can fight for you. Contact Miller & Webb, LLP, to speak with Mr. Frankl in a free consultation. Call us at 540-627-5131 or send us an email to schedule your free consultation.