Beware of all forms of impaired driving this holiday season

With the start of the holiday party season near, it is essential that anyone who is going to consume alcohol ensure that they have a way to get home that doesn’t involve them driving. Many people don’t realize that alcohol isn’t the only thing that can impact your ability to drive. There is also a chance that you might be too impaired to drive if you take any drugs — including prescription and over-the-counter ones.

Even taking something as seemingly harmless as allergy medication can cause a problem when you have to drive. You can even face criminal charges for driving under the influence of medications that can impact you, so be careful about what you take if you are going to be driving.

Some people mistakenly think that alcoholic beverages are diluted when they are mixed with other liquids. You have to look at how much alcohol is actually in the drink. For example, a glass of eggnog with two shots of rum has the exact same alcohol content as two shots of rum alone. The alcohol content isn’t lessened just because you add it to something else.

Even if you are just “buzzed,” the impact on your driving can be considerable. Not only can you face criminal charges, but there is also a chance that you will be involved in an accident that will lead to injuries or death. This can lead to enhanced charges and possibly a civil case against you.

Your best option is to find a suitable way home if you plan on drinking or taking any drugs. If you face charges for impaired driving, make sure that you seek experienced legal guidance.