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How much is safe to drink before driving?

With Christmas only a few days away, a lot of seasonal partiers want to know how much is safe to drink before they get behind the wheel. However, the answer to this question will differ from person to person. It will also depend on how much food the person has in his or her system, the weight of the person, how much time was spent between drinks and the type of alcoholic beverage being consumed.

In fact, any amount of alcohol will cause a negative effect on a Queens driver's coordination, judgment skills and ability to judge speeds, angles and distances. As such, the best advice at Christmas time to not drive after drinking, period. By staying true to this rule, holiday partiers do not have to worry about getting in trouble for a DWI unless they are falsely arrested and accused by mistake.

Drivers should also be aware that there is no way to "sober up" quickly, except for waiting for your body to eliminate the alcohol naturally, which can take quite a few hours. On average, you can expect your body to metabolize approximately one drink an hour, but this is by no means a standard to go by. Nor will coffee, a cold shower or a walk help you to be more sober or capable of driving. As such, if you do find yourself having drunk too much, it's always best to call a friend, a taxi or use a smartphone application like Uber or Lyft to get a ride.

That said, even if you are responsible and don't drink and drive, it is certainly possible for a holiday party-goer to get falsely arrested and accused of DWI. This happens often in New York and the Queens area, and it's why all accused individuals have the ability to hire a DWI defense lawyer to defend themselves against a DWI accusation.

Source: New York Department of Motor Vehicles, "You And The Drinking Driving Laws," accessed Dec. 23, 2016

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