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4 myths about alcohol and driving

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2024 | Drunk Driving |

People say a lot of things that aren’t true. Sometimes these are innocent misconceptions. Other times, these myths could lead to serious criminal charges.

If you hear someone talking about alcohol and driving facts, you may need to check if it’s true first. Here are a few commonly spoken myths on drunk driving: 

Myth 1: Coffee will make you sober

Truth: Coffee is a known simulant. People often use it to stay awake and focused. Some people believe that coffee can make them sober. Coffee has no such ability. Once alcohol is consumed, it absorbs into the blood. The best way to remove alcohol from the body is with time.

Myth 2: It’s always safe to drive the next morning after drinking the night before

Truth: Many people drink alcohol at night and then wake up and drive in the morning. While time is the best way to remove alcohol from the body, it often doesn’t happen overnight. Alcohol may still be found in the body for several hours after consumption. If tested, a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) may still be too high to drive.

Myth 3: It’s fine to drink and drive as long as it’s below the legal limit

Truth: Alcohol affects everyone differently. While someone may drink well below the legal limit that prohibits them from driving, the way alcohol affects them may make them unsafe to drive. For example, someone who has a low alcohol tolerance could drive recklessly by running lights and swerving even if they had a light drink. 

Myth 4: Just stay away from hard liquor 

Truth: Some people say that it’s ok to drink and drive as long as they stay away from hard liquor. However, alcohol is still alcohol and the more someone consumes, the higher their BAC level will go. Even if someone drank only light beers all night, their BAC levels could still be too high for them to drive.

Getting pulled over and arrested by the police can lead to drunk driving charges. People who believe they are wrongly being charged may need to learn about their legal defense options.