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Learn the facts about alcohol use in America

You enjoy going out for a night on the town. In fact, that time away from work and other responsibilities is a great way to recharge. If alcohol is a part of that time out, it's important to be responsible with how you drink. If you drink too much, you could become intoxicated, make poor decisions and even end up with a DUI.

Did you know that over 216 million people in America have tried alcohol? It's a normal part of life, and it's something that can help people relax. Of course, while there are some positives to drinking, there are many downsides that have to be considered carefully.

Alcohol is a drug, and it is among the most commonly abused in the U.S. Alcohol addiction is a serious problem within the U.S., and it leads to injuries and deaths.

Alcohol is a leading cause of preventable death in America. Approximately 28% of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol in some way. Knowing this, it's important to think about ways to avoid driving while intoxicated.

How can you avoid driving when drunk or impaired?

There are many good ways to avoid driving when you're drunk or impaired. These may include:

  • Calling a friend or family member for a ride home
  • Using a ride-sharing service to get from one place to another
  • Having a designated driver with you on a night out
  • Calling a cab
  • Staying at a hotel or the location where you're drinking until you're sober

Generally speaking, there are no times when people are forced to drive when intoxicated. There are plenty of options to keep yourself or others off the roads when impaired. Taking steps to make sure you stay off the roads will help you avoid penalties that you may otherwise face, such as a DUI from causing a collision or driving erratically.

What should you do if you are stopped for a DUI?

If you are stopped for a DUI, the best thing to do is to remain quiet and only to answer questions about who you are or to provide your proof of insurance, for instance. You don't want to say or do anything that is incriminating. Taking a Breathalyzer test is normally smart, because failing to do so will result in losing your license, but you still have the option to decline. Let your attorney know about your arrest if you are taken into custody as soon as possible.

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