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Could age be making you more sensitive to alcohol?

Adults of all ages can have problems with alcohol, but typically, senior citizens are not the ones going out to drinking parties. Unfortunately, as people age, their bodies change. Alcohol is not metabolized as efficiently as it was when a person was younger. Medications change how alcohol affects a person. It is essential to consider how alcohol affects you based on many different factors before you get behind the wheel of a car after you have been drinking.

When a DWI becomes aggravated

Alcohol-related driving charges are worrisome and carry negative outcomes that begin immediately. If you are convicted, things only get worse. You may see your criminal history cause hardship on your life in such ways as losing the potential to get a coveted job you have worked toward, not getting a credit application or home loan approved, not being approved to lease a property and seeing higher payments for insurance. But what happens when your alcohol-related charge is amplified? What if your charge of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated becomes a charge of aggravated DUI or DWI?

The 5 types of blood alcohol tests

There are cars and there are cars at bars. After all, most bars have parking lots. Most patrons of bars imbibe. Police who need to increase their arrests for the month could do so easily by sitting outside of a bar and waiting for those who think they are perfectly capable of getting home, and take them on a detour to a holding cell beforehand. Do officers do that? Some might, but many rely on specific tells that give them reason to suspect a driver is impaired.

Receiving an aggravated DUI charge

Receiving a DUI can be an embarrassing, complicated and frustrating experience. However, some circumstances may result in a DUI charge of greater severity known as an aggravated charge. While the normal DUI charge typically carries heavy penalties, an aggravated DUI charge can augment the penalties associated with it to make them much harsher. Understanding the factors that can push a DUI charge into the aggravated category may help you avoid these serious charges in the future.

DUI not as straightforward as you thought

The concept of a DUI charge is relatively easy to understand. Driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher is against the law and may result in a DUI charge. However, alcohol does not affect everyone the same and many factors should be considered when determining an individual's intoxication. These aspects and others can be used to help defend against a DUI charge.

Can I receive a DUI the morning after drinking?

It has happened. There have been cases of individuals receiving a DUI for driving the morning after ingesting alcohol. For individuals that think a good night sleep can take care of their intoxication, know this: sleep may help you feel sober but does little for your blood alcohol level.

Are intoxication apps new wave or junk science?

Over the last several years, the American public has seen a boom in the technological advancement and use of the app. In fact, there are apps designed to track your movement, count your calories and most recently, predict your blood alcohol concentration. As younger crowds celebrate with a drink in one hand and their cellphone in the other, these intoxication or "drunk" apps may be the new safety wave of the future, if they work.

Auto-brewery syndrome defense against DUI

A New York woman's rare medical condition is being cited as the reason a town judge has decided to drop the DUI charges against her. In a recent article, the medical condition known as auto-brewery syndrome is getting attention after a woman's arrest for drunk driving.

DUI in the eyes of the law

Most people understand what a DUI means and how and why they are received. However, referencing DUI laws in terms of being 'per se' tends to confuse some people. The term per se is used to describe something in and of itself. In reference to DUI cases, per se laws essentially establish that as far as the law is concerned an individual is intoxicated at a BAC of 0.08. The general belief is that no other evidence aside from and over the limit BAC is needed to establish intoxication.

How does someone actually reach a BAC of 0.08?

When people think about blood alcohol content (BAC) or driving under the influence, they typically think of the magic number 0.08. For most of us that have had a glass of wine with dinner or a few beers during the game, getting to the level where we believe we may be over the legal limit may seem pretty hard to do given our typical drinking habits. While we know that we are consuming alcohol, our bodies tend to metabolize it at a rate that keeps the light, social drinker at a BAC level below the legal limit. So how does someone actually reach a BAC of 0.08? Well, among other things, habit plays a huge role in how and when someone reaches the 0.08 mark.

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