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Avoiding the Day-After DUI

Contrary to popular belief, “sleeping it off” is not always a foolproof way to kill your buzz, drive sober and avoid being charged with driving under the influence (DUI).

In this entry, we’ll talk about how long it actually takes for alcohol to leave your system.

Can people really be arrested for DUI the day after drinking?

Tucson Police Department veteran Jerry Knepper says he’s seen it happen plenty of times. “They went home. They slept, but they’re still a hazard. They’ll get in their car. They’ll drive to work, get pulled over, and still get a DUI,” he said to KVOA-TV. “Even if you go to sleep and wake up the next day, you could still have enough alcohol (in your system) to be intoxicated.”

How long does alcohol stay in your system?

Because we’re all different, there’s no firm rule for how long it takes for booze to wear off. Rather, it depends on a host of things, including:

  1. Your height and weight
  2. How much alcohol was consumed
  3. The strength of the drinks
  4. Whether or not you have food in your system

How does alcohol leave your system?

Actually, sleep has nothing to do with it. As soon as alcohol is absorbed into your system or bloodstream, it then begins to leave your body through breath, perspiration and urine.

How can I minimize my blood alcohol content (BAC)?

To be charged with a DUI, your blood alcohol content (BAC) must be 0.08 percent or higher. To keep it below that mark:

  • Avoid binge drinking (the more alcohol you consume, the longer it will take for it to be absorbed and then expelled)
  • Drink slowly so that the booze is absorbed more gradually
  • Eat protein-rich food – and lots of it

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