No one wants to get a DUI, even people who drink and drive. One of the best ways you can help ensure your BAC stays below the legal limit is to eat something before you drink. Here’s why eating can help.
Food and Alcohol Absorption
When you drink, 20% of the alcohol is absorbed through the stomach and 80% is absorbed through the small intestine. By eating before or while drinking (but not after), you will slow your absorption rate because your body will also be absorbing food. When you have a slower absorption rate, less alcohol will enter your bloodstream, leaving you with a slower blood alcohol concentration (BAC) when your blood or breath is tested. In fact, a person who doesn’t eat before drinking can have a BAC three times higher than they would have if they did eat.
Other factors that may affect your alcohol absorption rate can include your age, your weight, your metabolism, your gender, the rate at which you drink and even how stressed you are.
Food Doesn’t Fully Stop Intoxication
It’s important to recognize that eating before drinking will not stop you from being drunk. Also, what you eat does matter, especially when it comes to quantity. A few peanuts, pretzels or chips served up at the bar will not absorb alcohol the same way that eating a full meal before you start drinking will.
Even the type of food you eat matters when it comes to testing your. In fact, while a high-protein meal can be better at slowing your alcohol absorption rate, if you’re on a low-carb diet, your body could naturally produce a type of alcohol that may not get you drunk, but can falsely inflate your BAC when you take a breathalyzer. This is why it is so important to always document every detail about your experience as soon as you are able to after you have been arrested for drunk driving. Even a small detail like being on a low-carb diet can help your DUI defense attorney fight the charges.
Remember also that delaying driving for as long as possible after drinking will also allow for your body to not only absorb but eliminate the alcohol.
If you have been charged with drinking and driving, it is critical you call an attorney like Peter M. Liss as soon as possible. You can schedule a free initial consultation by calling (760) 643-4050.
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