The Initial Signs of Intoxication

Oftentimes it’s too late when someone realizes a person is intoxicated beyond a certain extent to where they cannot fully function on their own, and it happens fast. It’s important for a friend or even the person drinking to be able to pick up on the preliminary signs of getting drunk. There are many reasons as to why a person who is drinking should be monitored, including preventing them from driving, as well as avoiding getting so drunk that they get severely ill.

There is nothing wrong with drinking socially as long as you are of the right age, aren’t driving, and do not go overboard. We can all say we have that one friend that takes it too far and while nobody can be blamed except for the person drinking, there are ways to help them avoid crossing that line into dangerous drinking territory.

Determine a person’s level of intoxication by looking out for the following signs:

Lack of coordination

Arguably the most obvious sign of intoxication is the person beginning to lose their sense of coordination. There’s a reason that coordination is always a focus of the sobriety tests one faces when they get pulled over for suspicions of driving under the influence. Many DWI charges are a result of a failed sobriety test that involves walking in a straight line, standing on one foot and following an object with the eyes, each of which can only be done efficiently with average coordination.

Lack of judgment

When you become intoxicated you begin to lose any sense of what is right and wrong, making decisions that you wouldn’t have made otherwise, and they aren’t decisions for the better. DWI lawyers explain to their clients that other clear signs of intoxication include when the person becomes overwhelmingly excited about things that don’t warrant it, they have no sense of control over their manners around other people and they may turn violent. Look out for these moments where a lack of judgment is a result of drinking alcohol.

Impaired vision

One of the main reasons a drunk person who unfortunately decided to drive gets in an accident is because the alcohol affects their vision in a negative way. Their line of sight begins to blurr, their eyes begin to become bloodshot and watery, and they aren’t able to walk in a straight line, so how could they possibly drive?

Slow reflexes

Just like it negatively affects a person’s vision, alcohol also slows down reflexes, another one of the main reasons as to why it’s easy to get into an accident while driving under the influence. If a person begins to slow down, dragging their feet and taking a while to get anywhere, then they are in no condition to make responsible decisions. If they have a hard time forming sentences and can’t respond at a normal rate, they’re also showing clear signs of drinking too much.

Be sure to look out for these initial signs of intoxication the next time you’re out having fun. Contact the DWI lawyers at The Wilder Law Firm for answers to your questions, and advice or representation for your DWI charge.