How DUI Feel? What to Think About the Alcohol You Drink

how does the alcohol you drink make you feel?


“Don’t ask her on a straight tequila night,” the country song goes, claiming tequila’s power to incite feelings of heart-wrenching angst over lost love. Plenty of people believe that the type of alcohol you drink has some direct connection to the emotional response we have while under its influence. We were a little excited that with recent headlines, there may have been some science to back up those claims, especially when the way a person feels could determine their motivation for a DUI, too.

Unfortunately, science really just threw back a shot and said the type of alcohol you drink still doesn’t matter.

A recent survey discovered:

  • Liquor encouraged more “positive” emotion in respondents, including feeling more energetic, confident, and sexy.
  • Liquor made people feel physically ill.
  • At the same time, liquor made people feel more aggressive.
  • Red wine helped drinkers feel more relaxed.
  • Some red wine drinkers complained the beverage made them feel more tired.
  • Heavy drinkers seem to report more negative emotions than occasional drinkers, including aggression, but they also felt more energized.

Basically, not a lot of this makes any difference. Alcohol affects people differently based on a wide range of factors. The one effect that seems to be standard is impairment, which is why we have the standard blood alcohol concentration (BAC) testing that determines a DUI and is used in ignition interlock technology.

The alcohol you drink does seem to have one indisputable fact: when you drive after drinking you are dangerous. A DUI does not depend on the mood you are in, nor does it require a specific type of alcohol. When you drink, your mood may be affected but so is your ability to drive, whether you are energized by those tequila shots, or ready to hit the sack. Keeping the number of drinks in mind is probably a better use of your time and efforts than cataloging your (perhaps somewhat exaggerated) alcohol-emotional connection.

Wake Up! An Energy Drink DUI is Just the Beginning

Energy drink DUI and alcohol dependenceEnergy drinks are great until the buzz wears off and you’re in the throes of more guarana than you can handle with your grappa.  Mixing liquor and energy drinks may give an extra boost to your party, but there are also plenty of cautionary tales about the dangers of this trendy mix. Not only are you risking an energy drink DUI; you could be on a fast road to an addiction, too.

Your afternoon pick-me-up, road trip companion or favorite fatigue-fighting energy drink has evolved from plain old coffee into a variety of chemical and natural drinks promising hours of additional energy. Probably around 30 seconds after the first energy drink hit the shelves, someone added a few shots of liquor just to see what would happen. The result was the false security of feeling a lot less intoxicated than a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) would predict; the energy boost masked the effects of the alcohol.

Unfortunately, that effect does not necessarily make the person stop drinking their normal amount of alcohol. Instead, they are more likely to drink more of the deceptive combination, leading to energy drink DUI problems, a possible ignition interlock requirement, and a dependence on alcohol. Since the more a person drinks, the higher their tolerance can become, adding in energy drinks just encourages more alcohol consumption. Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a natural result of those buzzy beverages.

The immediate problem of an energy drink DUI is obvious, but it is also the long term we must consider when getting our buzz on at a bar. As with any type of alcohol and any mixer used, be responsible and understand the risks that you take, even if you feel an extra pep in your step. Down the road, you will be grateful for taking things easy with the energy drinks.

Designated Drivers and More: Couples Who Drink Together, Stay Together

DUI proof your relationshipDesignated drivers, listen up. Many great relationships began under the influence of a few drinks with friends. Science says there’s more to drinking and being in love than the lowered inhibitions offered by those shots and sips. There is evidence that all couples, young and old, have a stronger relationship when drinking together. Plus, the research corroborates that a stronger relationship with one’s partner leads to better health and happiness overall. Thus, drinking with your love will increase your quality of life, as well as the length, no matter how old you are.

This same study shows that couples who drink together find the most satisfaction with a spouse who drinks the same quantity of alcohol at the same pace. So in couples that have a heavy drinker and an occasional drinker, less closeness is built. Instead, more dissatisfaction within the relationship has been found. Designated drivers, however, can help bridge that divide, or at least keep couples safe from the dangers of a DUI.

There is something else couples can do to increase the quality and length of their lives, at least where alcohol is involved. Couples can be the first line of defense against drunk driving and DUI dangers, simply by being each other’s designated drivers. Having a partner-in-crime means you share all of the highs and lows and responsibilities for each other. It could also mean you share the consequences of a DUI, specifically an ignition interlock device on a shared vehicle.

A DUI doesn’t just affect the person with the conviction. There are financial considerations, like court costs and lost wages, as well as shared auto insurance costs and household considerations. There is the mental and emotional stress from the incident that can affect the entire household. Rebuilding a life after a DUI requires more than just the offender, and many families find that process challenging.

Doorbell Alcohol Could End Mississippi DUI Problems

alcohol delivery avoids mississippi duiWho hasn’t been happily celebrating at home with friends, loved ones and an empty bottle of wine when the brilliant idea of home-delivered alcohol comes up? Anyone? In Mississippi, that idea could become a reality, but not without a few concerns about the safety of leaving a box of vino at the door of a private residence.

Drinking at home could reduce Mississippi DUI rates.

Mississippi lawmakers feel doorbell deliveries could invite minors to order, possess and/or consume alcohol. Underage drinking is a valid concern, even in a state where it is still legal to drink while driving under certain circumstances. But, alcohol isn’t the only adult-geared product that is delivered to residences that require an appropriate signature, and those types of deliveries have been successful transactions for decades now. Allowing home delivery of alcohol gives adults more freedom to stay home and safe, avoiding a Mississippi DUI, ignition interlock requirement and worse.

Among arguments against the delivery service is the laws that determine whether a Mississippi county is wet, dry or somewhere in between. Almost half of the state’s counties are dry, and some don’t even allow a person to transport alcohol through the county. Also, less taxes can be collected with home—delivered alcohol. Those regulations could impede doorbell delivery of alcohol, increasing administrative and compliance efforts by the state’s alcohol regulatory agency.

A consistent approach to alcohol and the crimes that can occur as a result of lenient laws may be a better approach than fighting against home delivery of wine or alcohol in Mississippi. While we can appreciate the convenience of alcohol at our doorstep, it is hard to ignore the obvious safety considerations that service brings about. A doorbell delivery service won’t end Mississippi DUI, of course. It could help others plan for a fun night of drinking at home instead of putting the rest of us at risk on the roads.

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