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Are you Sober Enough to Drive?

How to tell if you are too drunk to drive

If you ask yourself whether you are too drunk to drive, this means you know the outcome that drunk driving can have on you and other people driving on the roads. You also don't want to cause an accident or be the reason for someone else's death. Which means you care about the outcome of others, which is really good. The only problem is if you are asking this question, it probably means that you are too drunk to drive. Some people think that they can tolerate alcohol better than others, so they drive even though they are drunk. The ones who do this usually get into accidents and are now responsible for another person's life. You might be thinking, "Ya, but I really can tolerate my alcohol," and maybe you're right, but either way, it's easier to call an Uber than take the chance that you might be the cause of someone's death. Drunk driving is not a joke and it’s easy for you to get arrested if you drive before you are sober again. If you've had more than a small drink of alcohol, have a taxi, Uber, or friend take you home. However, if you are still wondering if it is safe for you to drive, here are some of the things that will show you that you are. 

  • You've had more than a couple of drinks
  • You can't walk in a straight line
  • You can't remember where you are at
  • You can't remember details of the night
  • Your sight is blurry
  • You can't touch your nose the first try when you close your eyes
  • A blood alcohol calculator says you are too drunk
  • You stench of alcohol
  • Shaking hands
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Slow reflexes

How long does it take to sober up to drive?


Every person is different, and each body will consume alcohol at a different level. But you can usually tell how fast you will sober up if you look at your BMI and know how hydrated you are. 

It always helps to drink a lot of water after drinking. This way, your body releases alcohol from your body faster. 


Usually, the liver can process up to 1 unit of alcohol an hour. So if you were to drink 18 units of alcohol, it would likely take you up to 18 hours to completely sober up. If you drink eight beers within the same hour, it would likely take you up to 7 hours until you are sober. But in most cases, it takes anywhere from 12 to 24 hours to recover from heavy drinking fully. 

How to report a drunk driver

Call 911 to report a drunk driver. If you drive down the road and notice a car swerving or driving dangerously, you may suspect that drunk driving is involved. What is the best way to handle this situation? If you suspect that someone is intoxicated while driving, the best way to handle the situation is to call the police and let them know what is happening. But before you call the police, make sure that you have all the information you will need to be written down on paper. You will need all of the following. 

  • License Plate Number
  • Color, Make, and Model of the vehicle
  • Street name where you saw the drunken behavior
  • The appearance of the driver (If able.)
  • Take a picture of the vehicle if you are the passenger in another vehicle. 

Remember, the more details you have, the easier it is for the police to stop the drunk driver before harming someone on the roads.  

The signs of drunk driving

There are many different signs of a drunk driver; it is essential that you are aware of these signs in case you spot a drunk driver on the roads. Not only are you protecting yourself but others on the streets as well. 

  • Driving between the lines
  • Swerving
  • Driving too slow or too fast
  • Fast, dangerous turns
  • Driving on the right side of the road
  • Ignoring traffic signs
  • Breaking fast during traffic