The men and women of Origlio Beverage care deeply about how our industry affects the community. You have our word that our promotional and marketing efforts shall not encourage or endorse the irresponsible sale, purchase or consumption of beer. Indeed all of our efforts are directed towards the legal, responsible and safe enjoyment of beer and malt-based beverages. Origlio and its suppliers are extensively involved in campaigns to promote the responsible consumption of alcohol.
The concentration of alcohol in your body – known as the ‘blood alcohol content (BAC) – depends on several factors: your gender (male or female), how much you have drunk; how long you have been drinking; whether or not you have eaten; and your size and weight.
Because your body starts to breakdown alcohol almost as soon as you start to drink, it is difficult to tell exactly how much alcohol is in your bloodstream at any one moment in time, or what effect it may have.
All alcoholic beverages contain pure alcohol, which is what causes intoxication. Each of the following drinks contains about half an ounce of pure alcohol: 12 oz. beer, 5 oz. wine, 1 oz. 100 proof spirits. In addition, a healthy liver eliminates less than one ounce of pure alcohol per hour.
Many people have experienced being “drunk” on one or more occasions – most of them are not alcoholics: people who are physically addicted to alcohol. Even so, intoxication is never completely safe or risk free and should be avoided. Remember: while sensible alcohol consumption can be associated with better health, alcohol abuse can seriously damage your health.
What are ‘sensible’ alcohol consumption levels? The U.S. Government Dietary Guidelines provide that men who choose to drink should limit consumption to “moderate “drinking, which is defined by the U.S. Government as 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women. Men or women who consistently drink more than these recommended levels increase the risks to their health.
Automobile Safety – Don’t Drink and Drive!
Every 15 minutes, someone dies from an alcohol-related vehicle collision. This staggering statistic shows how important it is to take responsibility for your actions and never drink and drive. Impairment begins after the very first drink. Depending on your body weight, gender, amount of food you’ve eaten, and the number of alcoholic beverages you have consumed, alcohol can affect the body quicker. Only two to three beers within a one-hour period can make some people legally intoxicated and not fit to drive. The consequences of drinking and driving can be very severe. Not only may the driver be charged with a large fine, jail time, loss of a driver license, or annual fees – they could also injure themselves, someone else, or cause deaths. Learn more about drunk driving, DWIs, DUIs, prevention techniques, blood alcohol content, and what to do after you are caught drinking and driving.
Drunk Driving Statistics
The statistics related to drunk driving are important to learn to fully understand the consequences of your actions. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), an estimated 11,773 people died in 2008 due to alcohol-impaired traffic accidents. Every 3 in 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related accident at some point during their lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a drunk driver has driven an average of more than eighty times before their initial arrest. It can be easy to forget that these statistics represent real people and their real lives, but not drinking and driving can make a huge difference.
Difference Between DWI & DUI
Both DWI and DUI refer to the illegal act of driving while impaired under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The term DWI stands for ‘driving while intoxicated’ while DUI stands for ‘driving under the influence’. While these two terms may sound identical, the difference can be found depending on the state in which you live. In some states, laws regarding drunk driving are different for a DWI and DUI, as a DUI is generally a less severe charge. A DUI typically means that the person has a less degree of intoxication, determined by a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of arrest.
There are many ways to prevent intoxicated people from driving in your community. The well recognized campaign, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk,” suggest a wide range of methods to keep friends from driving drunk. It’s best to try a calm approach when talking to someone who is drunk and trying to drive. Make light of the situation, joke about it, and try to act like you are doing the person a favor. If it is a spouse, a friend, or family member, try to locate the person’s key to force them to find another mode of transportation. Never get into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking and try to drive.
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
For purposes of law enforcement, blood alcohol content (BAC) refers to a measurement of impairment in a driver. Your BAC is the percentage of blood volume that is in alcohol, therefore, the more you drink, the higher your BAC. As your BAC rises, the effects of the alcohol can become dangerous. The rate of which a person’s BAC rises can be determined by the number of alcoholic beverages consumed, how quickly the drinks are consumed, your gender and weight, and what foods are in the stomach. While a breathalyzer is used by most law enforcement officers to measure BAC, an absolute BAC can only be determined by a blood sample.
What to Do After You Are Caught
Law enforcement officers have the responsibility to stop you if they suspect that you are driving under the influence of alcohol. There are three general drunk-driving offences, including being in charge of a vehicle when over the legal alcohol limit, driving while over the legal alcohol limit and being stopped by the police and failing to give a breath test. After you are stopped by the police, they may ask you to take a breath test. If you refuse, you will be arrested and taken to the police station to take a urine or blood test. If your alcohol tests are positive, you will be expected to appear in court at the stated date and time. If you are found guilty in court, the penalties can include up to several thousand dollars in fines, a ban from driving for at least one year, between 3 and 11 points on your license, and a prison sentence up to six months.
Drunk driving organizations were created to help the victims of drunk driving and to educate the public about the effects it can have on the people involved and the community. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is one of the largest national organizations devoted to helping the victims of drunk driving. Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) is another major national office that help fight destructive decisions faced by many teenagers. SADD offers statistical information and educational programs and materials to aid in the prevention of drunk driving. Learn more about the top organizations that fight against drunk driving with the resources below.
Your Questions Answered
As a responsible purveyor of alcohol, we have assembled for you a list of web sites that can help answer your questions about alcohol and its effects on individuals and families. For example, you may want some guidance on serving alcohol at home or discussing alcohol with children and teens. Perhaps you or someone you know has an alcohol or substance abuse problem. Below you will find helpful links that will facilitate your search.
We encourage you to explore these informative and helpful sites:
National Beer Wholesalers Association
Here’s to Beer
Caron Foundation – Recovery for Life
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB)