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On behalf of Craig E. Gibbs, Attorney at Law on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Did you know that how well you paid attention in Biology class can help you avoid a DWI arrest in Louisiana? The better understanding you have of how the human body functions in relation to alcohol consumption, the more you can decrease your risk for a collision, as well as legal problems. Like all motorists, you’re obligated to make responsible choices regarding imbibing alcohol and operating motor vehicles.

People make mistakes. You may make a choice you later regret. That doesn’t necessarily make you a terrible person. Police officers can make mistakes as well.  Unfortunately, that may mean you face a DWI arrest even if you weren’t drinking before driving your car. A key to arriving safely to your destination and to avoiding spending time in jail is to learn more about how alcohol leaves the body and also to know where to turn for support if a problem arises.  

It takes 10 hours

While the type of drink you consume may be irrelevant because most kinds contain the same amount of alcohol, the number of drinks it takes your body to reach a .15 percent blood alcohol content level may be different from another person. The metabolism process breaks down alcohol in the body. Most people metabolize alcohol at a rate of .015 BAC per hour.  

You can calculate how much time it will take for the alcohol to leave your body. This percentage of alcohol usually takes approximately 10 hours to leave the body. Remember that in most states a BAC of .08 percent is the legal limit.

Other means of alcohol excretion

When you breathe, alcohol leaves your body. Keeping that in mind before getting behind the wheel of a car to drive can help you avoid a DWI arrest. Your body also rids itself of alcohol when you urinate or perspire. If a police officer arrests you for suspected drunk driving and you submit to a urine test, things may get a lot worse before they get better if you have alcohol in your system.  

Options that may help you avoid serious legal problems

The most obvious option to avoid a DWI arrest is to abstain from alcohol if you plan to drive; however, many Louisiana drivers have faced similar arrests even while completely sober. If you do drink, eating food simultaneously slows alcohol absorption into your bloodstream. Asking a non-drinking person for a ride is always a safer choice as well. If you face arrest, you can be hopeful that things will turn out okay if you know your rights and how to protect them.

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