What, Exactly, Is “A Few Beers?” Three? Five?

One of the strange things about the crime of drunk driving is that so few people know when they’re about to commit it.

If you’re in a store and you slip some merchandise in your pocket, you know you’re shoplifting. If you step on the gas and go 70 in a 50mph zone, you’re aware that you’re speeding.

But a surprising number of people take to the road unaware that the amount of alcohol in them is sufficient to give them a DUI if they are tested by the police

We often hear people tell others they’re “okay to drive” because they’ve just had “a couple of beers.” Depending on the size and type of beer, that could be enough to send you over the legal limit, or at least make you tipsy enough that you are unfit to drive.

Beers Are Not Created Equal

Not only do people not know their own abilities, they don’t know the alcohol content of the beers they’ve been drinking. While a Heineken Light will be 3.5 percent alcohol – in the range of many mass-market beers – some craft brews pack a much bigger wallop. A Pyramid Outburst IPA is 8.5 percent alcohol, more than twice the Heineken, and there are some brews that top 9 percent. So those two beers could be the equivalent of four or five.

It’s important to drink responsibly, and arm yourself with knowledge about what and how much you are drinking.   If you plan to drink, be safe and plan a sober ride home.