Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd. Instead of peanuts and cracker jacks, how about some beer and a spiked lemonade? It’s the season of sunny and 75, tailgating, green grass, buzzing crowds, and baseball players showing off their skills. It’s also the season for ice cold beers and other delicious spiked beverages. Spring Training has officially arrived, and it is now the biggest season of the year for great weather and lots of fun drinking in Arizona. It’s what people from all over the country come here for.
Spring Training can be a great time. Due to the weather conditions in every state but ours, people come here for their vacation. But if you are not careful, your lovely vacation can quickly turn into your worst nightmare. That’s right, drinking all day long can be a recipe for disaster.
“If you don’t wake up drinking, you aren’t drinking all day”. This is the motto for a lot of day drinkers. Party on! But day drinking can be very deceiving and therefore very dangerous – if you aren’t cautious. When you day drink, you do it gradually. It’s not like at night when you have a few and then you go and pass out. Day drinking needs to be a gradual process. You don’t want to be the downer who quits by 11am.
Because day drinking is an all-day thing, most think that you aren’t really getting drunk. It’s gradual so your body is expelling it as fast as it’s going in. And while this may be true for those who have one drink every few hours, this isn’t necessarily the truth for most people. It’s difficult to pace yourself that way. It’s more like a two drinks every hour kind of deal. Which means that your body is really getting drunk, you just aren’t as aware of it. And don’t forget that sun. It can be deadly when mixed with all that drinking.
Did you know that Arizona has one of the strictest DUI laws in the country? We are actually considered a “impaired to the slightest degree” state. What does that mean? It means that no matter what degree of intoxication you are, you can be slapped with a DUI. That can be pretty scary if you think about it. Especially if you are the one who is doing the day drinking every day. And if you are not from Arizona, or even some who are from here, you most likely do not know this little tid bit of a fact.
So, a lot of the people who take part in these Spring Training rituals will most likely feel fine, after a full day of drinking and tailgating, and will proceed to drive home. Especially those who live, or are staying, relatively close by. Like I said, day drinking can be very deceiving. Don’t let it get the best of you!
There are ways to beat this drinking devil. Be aware of your body. You do know what your limit is, or at least about what your limit is. Don’t let the fun and games get out of hand. If you feel yourself starting to get tired, your liver probably needs a break. It doesn’t need to be an all-day break, just take it easy for a bit, maybe get some water – your probably dehydrated.
That brings me to my next point. Did you know that you can drink water? I know, crazy! It’s a great idea to make sure that you are getting enough H2O in your body to combat those drinks of yours. Maybe you have a beer, then a water, then a beer, then a water – create that aqua de frio pattern.
Make sure, that if you do make this day drinking thing, a thing, you do one of three things:
1. Designate a driver – though it may be difficult to find one because, Spring Training and beer, who wouldn’t partake?
2. Order a Lyft! They love driving people around, I mean, it is their job after all. And we, DPX DUI Process Experts, have a great Lyft code just for you – NODUI. Drink all you want, and save money on your way home.
3. If you do decide that neither of these above options aren’t for you…. Be cautious. You CAN NOT drink and then immediately drive. You MUST give your body at least an hour, per 12 oz of beer, after you drink one (yes one) drink before driving. And even this is risky. We are the strictest state and during the month of March there are eyes and ears hiding everywhere. Don’t go on a great vacation and leave with a DUI in your pocket. You don’t need that in your life.
Be smart – we are all adults here – be responsible, be safe. Don’t turn your vacation from a “party on” to a “strike, your out”. Arizona does not mess around when it comes to DUI’s, and neither should you.
Visit our website to learn more about drinking and DUI’s. And if you do get a DUI or you currently have one, give us a call and we will take care of the process for you – 602-441-9444