Tips For Controlling Blood Alcohol (Avoid a DUI)
- Pace your drinking, allow time between drinks.
- Consider alternating non-alcoholic "decoy" drinks with those containing alcohol; for example, drinking plain orange juice or soda every other drink.
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach, foods with fats and/or proteins slow alcohol absorption.
- Keep track of how much you are drinking; know how much alcohol is poured into every glass.
- Dilute the alcohol, don’t drink it straight. After the first few drinks, reduce the amount of alcohol in each drink. (Your taste buds will be dulled and you won’t be able to tell the difference.) Switch to "light beer" or "low alcohol" wines after the first few drinks. (Again, your taste buds will be dulled and you won’t be able to tell the difference.)
- Avoid possible interactions between alcohol and other drugs (including certain foods and over-the-counter medications).
- Drink only if YOU want to… don’t let others dictate your choice.
- Keep active. Don’t just sit down and drink all night. If you keep active you will drink less and will be more aware of your level of intoxication.
- Don't put yourself in a situation where you need a car accident attorney.
- Keep out of "Chugging" contests or other "drinking games."
- Stop drinking before the party is over, to allow yourself time to burn off some of the alcohol. Drink non-alcoholic beverages the last hour or so.
- Keep in mind that an added ice cube, a slightly smaller glass, or a "decoy" drink will go undetected by others. They may help you to resist the well-meaning efforts of others at the party who can’t stand to see someone without a drink in their hand.
Remember: Careful planning of a party can increase the pleasure for both the guests and the hosts. Blood alcohol content is a good measure of the amount of pleasure (or discomfort) that will result from a particular pattern of drinking. A blood alcohol level over of 0.12 % may increase the pleasure, but also the pain later.
Responsible alcohol use means that you won’t be sorry in the morning.