Beer DUI- DWI?

By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.

Will four beers get you drunk?
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Can you get a DUI from drinking Beer?

Yes, it is not only possible to get a DUI or DWI while drinking beer, but it is also remarkably common.

Lots of people fool themselves into thinking that if they drink beer or wine they are not going to have a problem. The truth of the matter is that beer contains alcohol and anything that contains alcohol can get you drunk.

It is common for someone who has a problem with intoxication once to tell themselves that if they just skipped the hard stuff they will be all right. Sometimes their family and friends encourage this delusion.

Beer contains ethyl alcohol, ethanol, just like wine and hard liquors. Ethel Alcohol is ethyl alcohol. The rest of the stuff in the beverage is flavorings and water content.

Properly served, one standard drink of an alcoholic beverage contains the same amount of alcohol regardless of the beverage. A twelve-ounce can of beer, a four to five once glass of wine, and a shot of 86 proof liquor, all contain approximately the same amount of alcohol.

One source tells me that 54% of all the alcohol consumed in America is drunk in the form of beer. It is more likely for a beer drinker to down 6 beers than for someone doing shots to down 6 shots. The beer drinker is also less likely to question their ability to drive and hop behind the wheel.

The result is that, yes – being intoxicated as a result of drinking beer is as common, probably more common that intoxication from hard liquor.

There are all sorts of things drinkers try to be able to drink a lot and not be drunk enough to get a DUI. None of those tricks work with any reliability. Switching from other alcoholic beverages to beer will not reduce the risk of you getting a DUI. Drinking beer will not keep you from becoming an alcoholic either.

One solution that drinkers try is to drink but not drive. This does not solve all the intoxication problems.

In a motor vehicle versus bicyclist crash, guess who is most likely to be drunk? Did you guess the bicyclist? You would be right.

And is a passenger in a boat who drowns likely to be drunk? Probably the person who fell in, so not drinking and driving does not help in boating either.

Who is more likely to end up in the hospital emergency room as a result of an accident around the house? The beer drinker or the drug addict? If you guessed the beer drinker then you got extra points for that one.

Who is more likely to get into a barroom fight? The drug addict getting high in the restroom or the beer drinker at the bar? Are you seeing a pattern here?

Binge drinkers are also 55 times more likely to start thinking about suicide, and any heavy drinking, beer included, increases the chances you will develop a co-occurring mental health disorder.

The conclusion here: Drinking beer instead of another alcoholic beverage does not protect you from DUI’s or other negative consequences. Only not drinking will prevent you from getting into trouble.

If when you drink, you end up having problems, then you might have a larger problem than the beverage you are choosing.

Yes, drinking beer can result in a DUI-DWI.

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Which alcoholic beverage causes the most hangovers, DUI’s and damage to the body?

By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.

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Alcoholic beverages.
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Standard drinks and why they matter.

There are more urban myths and legends around alcoholic beverages than you would find in most children’s storybooks.

People believe that one particular alcoholic beverage is safer or less likely to get you drunk than another. Does drinking shots get you drunk faster? Is wine safer than beer? Can you avoid becoming an alcoholic by sticking to beer and avoiding the hard stuff? Let’s look at the facts behind these beliefs.

All alcoholic beverages share one most significant ingredient – ethanol. Alcohol is produced by the action of yeast fermenting something. Fermenting grains and berries produces ethyl alcohol, which is the only alcohol that can be drunk by humans without fatal results. Wood can be fermented and produces methyl alcohol, but if it is drunk it can be fatal, producing blindness and brain damage before death.

All alcoholic beverages contain ethyl alcohol. When it comes to intoxication – alcohol is alcohol. What varies is the amount of alcohol and the various additives and flavorings. Make no mistake. The more ethyl alcohol you consume the drunker you will get.

To compare one alcoholic beverage with another we have created the concept of a “standard drink.” Correctly served, a standard drink of beer, wine, or a shot of hard liquor all contains precisely the same amount of alcohol.

Beer.

A standard drink of beer is a twelve-ounce bottle.  One small can of beer contains one standard drink. People mislead themselves into thinking that drinking beer is safer because it requires drinking more volume than other drinks to get the same blood alcohol level.

More than once a client has said: “I only had a couple of beers but I got a DUI anyway.” It makes a lot of difference if the beers were 12 ounces or 40 ounces. One beer should produce a blood alcohol level of about .02. Two 40 ounce beers are equal to almost 7 of the little ones and will produce a blood alcohol level of around 0.14.  That is past the point of legally drunk in most any place I know of.

It is also worth noting that in the United States of America more than half of all the alcohol (pure ethyl alcohol) consumed comes from beer. Lite Beers may be as bad or even worse.

Also for the record, your liver may develop tolerance to alcohol but the liver only has one speed. No matter how high the blood alcohol level goes the liver can only detoxify one standard drink of ethyl alcohol an hour and the liver only starts to work once the alcohol is digested and absorbed into the bloodstream. This explains why someone can drink a couple of 40-ounce beers, feel fine, and then suddenly feel drunk an hour to an hour and a half later after the alcohol gets absorbed into the bloodstream.

Malt liquor will get the drinker even higher blood alcohol numbers, up to half again the numbers for beer.

Wine.

A standard drink of wine is one – five-ounce glass of 12 % wine. This number will vary from text to text. Some places measure alcohol by volume and other countries measure by weight. So don’t be surprised if you read elsewhere that a standard drink is 4 ounces of wine.

If you like “fortified wines” as in sherry or port the size of the glass needs to be smaller. A standard drink of port is a 3.5-ounce glass.

It does not count if you open a bottle of wine, pour one glass, and then continue to refill the glass all evening. If you finish off the whole bottle of wine, regardless of the number of glasses you use, you will have consumed 5 standard drinks. Five standard drinks on one occasion for a man or four standard drinks for a woman is binge drinking and does a lot more damage to your body. This is an even bigger problem if you are a binge drinking senior citizen.

Shots – Hard Liquor.

A standard drink of hard liquor is one and one-half ounces of 40% alcohol. Since proof numbers are exactly double percentages that would mean a standard drink of 86 proof liquor should be just shy of 1 ½ oz.

So a person drinking 3 ounces of hard liquor in a small glass gets two standard drinks.

Question?

A beer drinker consumes a forty-ounce bottle of beer; his buddy drinks only one glass with three ounces of 86 proof tequila, who is drunker?

Easy – the beer drinker consumed like three and a half standard drinks, the tequila drinker only consumed two standard drinks, the beer drinker will be way more intoxicated come an hour later when the drink is absorbed into the bloodstream.

See how easy it is to fool yourselves saying you had only one drink when in fact there was a whole lot more alcohol in that one drink than you thought?

In this discussion, we have left out the effects of “tolerance” and “withdrawal” which complicate the math but not the legally drunk part. We also have not talked about drinking something stronger like “151” or “191” and how much closer that could take you to the .60 blood alcohol level where you blackout, organs stop working and you get pronounced legally dead.

Also, you need to know that if every time you drink, you end up drunk, which has less to do with the kind of drink you consumed and more to do with your having counteracted a disease called alcoholism.

So the results of this exercise tell us, it really doesn’t matter if you drink beer, wine, or hard liquor, what matters is how much ethyl alcohol is in that drink and what happens to you when you put ethyl alcohol in your bloodstream.

Staying connected with David Joel Miller

Seven David Joel Miller Books are available now!

My newest book is now available. It was my opportunity to try on a new genre. I’ve been working on this book for several years, but now seem like the right time to publish it.

Story Bureau.

Story Bureau is a thrilling Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic adventure in the Surviving the Apocalypse series.

Baldwin struggles to survive life in a post-apocalyptic world where the government controls everything.

As society collapses and his family gets plunged into poverty, Baldwin takes a job in the capital city, working for a government agency called the Story Bureau. He discovers the Story Bureau is not a benign news outlet but a sinister government plot to manipulate society.

Bumps on the Road of Life. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, low motivation, or addiction, you can recover. Bumps on the Road of Life is the story of how people get off track and how to get your life out of the ditch.

Dark Family Secrets: Doris wants to get her life back, but small-town prejudice could shatter her dreams.

Casino Robbery Arthur Mitchell escapes the trauma of watching his girlfriend die. But the killers know he’s a witness and want him dead.

Planned Accidents  The second Arthur Mitchell and Plutus mystery.

Letters from the Dead: The third in the Arthur Mitchell mystery series.

What would you do if you found a letter to a detective describing a crime and you knew the writer and detective were dead, and you could be next?

Sasquatch. Three things about us, you should know. One, we have seen the past. Two, we’re trapped there. Three, I don’t know if we’ll ever get back to our own time.

For these and my upcoming books; please visit my Author Page – David Joel Miller

Want the latest blog posts as they publish? Subscribe to this blog.

For videos, see: Counselorssoapbox YouTube Video Channel