Getting a DUI charge is something that can happen to anyone. It does not matter if you drink often or you are just a social drinker. Your age, race, occupation or any other characteristic does not matter either. Anyone can get a DUI in Alabama even if they are careful about drinking before driving. This may lead you to wonder why so many people end up with a drinking and driving charge.

The University of Michigan explains that it is difficult to determine how intoxicated you are because drinking messes up your perception. The substance yourself makes it tough to see the reality. Your judgment is off, and alcohol hinders your ability to look at your situation objectively.

You also may not realize what a drink really is. One beer is a drink, which you probably know. However, so is one and a half ounces of liquor or five ounces of wine. While the legal limit is 0.08%, you may suffer impairment below that level. At even just 0.02%, you will feel the effects of drinking, and it will reduce your ability to drive safely.

Another issue is you may not realize how your impairment may affect your driving ability. Your reflexes, for example, may not be much slower than normal, but all it takes is a tenth of a second to be a big deal. In that amount of time, you could travel 12 feet when going 70 miles per hour. That is enough of a distance to cause a terrible accident.

It is easy to see how someone could accidentally get a DUI. It is also easy to see why you should always choose a designated driver or an alternative to driving yourself if you plan to drink. This information is for education and is not legal advice.