Four Steps to Recognize the Signs of Intoxication

Enjoying alcohol is not a crime. Sometimes it is difficult to determine just how much you’ve had, however. Often people assume that they are not intoxicated when they actually are. Often it’s best to err on the side of caution; however, if you want to actually determine whether or not your friend, or you, have had too much to drink, there are six steps you can take to help you possibly recognize the signs of intoxication.

Step One

The first step you can try is to determine inebriation is to calculate each person’s potential for intoxication based upon their physical characteristics. Alcohol affects people at different speeds based on their size, gender, rate of consumption, strength of the drink, and the amount of food consumed. Typically, women are affected faster than men. Smaller people are also affected faster. The faster one consumes alcohol, the faster it will hit their system. The strength of the drink isn’t necessarily dependent on the type of alcohol consumed but rather the amount. This calculation is important to determine how drunk you might be even if you do not feel drunk yet.

Step Two

Often when someone has consumed enough alcohol to become intoxicated, their inhibitions will be lowered and they will begin to exhibit poor judgment. These are examples of mental impairment, a sure sign of intoxication. For example, they might begin to press social boundaries or have louder behavior than average. Additionally, they might begin to act out inappropriately, such as using foul language and becoming overly-flirtatious.

Step Three

When someone begins to display a loss of motor control or function, or poor coordination, it is very likely that they are intoxicated. Often this is indicated by swaying, stumbling, having difficulty with depth perception and dropping things repeatedly or having difficulty picking them up. They may have trouble walking or slurred speech.

Step Four

There are some actual tests that you can take to determine whether you are drunk or not. For example, the field sobriety test administered by police officers is a good thing to try to take before you determine if you are intoxicated or not. For example, a sobriety test may entail doing a one leg stand where you will be told to stand on one leg and keep your hands to your side and count to ten. Typically, officers are looking for your ability to stay balanced and keep your hands at your side while counting. If you lose your balance, bring your hands up to catch your balance, or lose count, then you may be intoxicated.

These steps may help in determining your level of intoxication, but it is always best to err on the side of caution and ensure that you do not get a DWI. If you do however, you should make sure that you have the best lawyers at your disposal to help you out. If you have been arrested for a DWI, consider contacting us today.