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How can you avoid drinking too much before you drive?

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2022 | DUI |

A drunk driving charge in Virginia could have numerous legal repercussions that interfere with your life. You may wonder what you can do to prevent a similar situation from happening again.

Taking responsibility for your actions can help you avoid another DUI. Knowing some strategies to better control the impact of alcohol on your ability to drive may help you stay in line.

Set expectations

Even if you currently face charges for DUI, you can set your sights on the future and resolve to improve your habits. Set expectations for yourself. These may include the following:

  • Finding out beforehand if parties you plan to attend will serve alcohol
  • Arranging for a ride home before you go to an event where you plan to drink
  • Asking your friends to keep you accountable
  • Knowing your limits and implementing controls to avoid overdrinking
  • Utilizing an ignition interlock device or other resources to prevent subsequent DUIs

Monitor your consumption

In Virginia, the legal limit is 0.08 BAC. If your levels exceed that, impairment could interfere with your judgment, lessen your awareness and endanger you and everyone else. According to The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, a DUI could cost you up to $20,000 and result in a suspended license for up to a year or more.

Monitoring your consumption can help you avoid another incident. Decide beforehand how much you will drink. If you plan to consume more than one alcoholic beverage, alternate with a glass of water. Eat a meal with your alcohol. Taking responsibility for how much you drink might be the only difference in whether or not you return home safely.

If you experience a DUI, collaborating with your legal team might introduce you to resolutions that can minimize the impact of your actions on the rest of your life.