Craft beers and DUI

On Behalf of | Nov 26, 2018 | DUI Defense |

People all over the state of Indiana have come to love craft beer. For this reason, 148 breweries offering such craft beers have opened in the state, with 15 new ones opening in 2017 alone, shares Indiana On Tap. 

Indiana residents are no longer confined to only consuming Budweiser or Coors Light. Each craft beer is unique, and while they can be tasty, there is also a reason for concern. People who consume craft beer need to avoid driving home at the end of the night because consuming even a couple beers can result in a DUI conviction

Higher alcohol content in craft beers

One of the biggest dangers of craft beers is that they tend to have higher alcohol concentrations than beers in the past. Budweiser has an ABV of 5 percent, while Guinness Draught only has an ABV of 4 percent. This is relatively low, and since many people abide by the “one drink per hour” rule, they believe they can consume the same levels of craft beer. 

Between 2011 and 2014, there was a substantial increase in the amount of alcohol content in craft beers. These days, there are many beers that have an ABV of 8 or 9 percent. Some IPA-style beers have an ABV of up to 18 percent. That means the same “one drink per hour” rule will not work because you will become substantially more drunk from a single beer. 

Avoiding a DUI from craft beers

Going out to a new brewery can be a lot of fun, but you need to be careful about driving home afterward. You should have a designated driver in your party who will remain completely sober during the evening. Additionally, you need to be careful of how much you consume. You need to know precisely how much alcohol you have consumed, so you should always inquire about a beer’s ABV. Instead of having two or three Budweisers, you may only be able to drink one craft beer. 

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