The holiday season is filled with parties, fun events, inspiring music and festive sweets and treats. Even if you are not normally a drinker, you may be tempted to imbibe special holiday drinks offered at bars, restaurants, parties and other events you may attend this season. While delicious, you need to be wary of some holiday drinks if you do not want to be charged with a DUI.
All alcoholic drinks could potentially lead you to be charged with intoxicated driving if you drink too much or if you drive too soon after imbibing them. But some holiday drinks are deceptively dangerous. For example, mulled wine is made up of between 12 and 13 percent alcohol by volume. And because it is so sweet and spicy, it may be difficult for you to tell just how much alcohol you have in your system after drinking it. If you are going to drink mulled wine, watch your consumption as two eight ounce drinks alone are likely to place you over the legal limit to drive.
Eggnog and spiked cider may also be deceptively dangerous. Eggnog is a whopping 15 percent alcohol by volume, which is more alcoholic than wine. Spiked cider can range from six to 18 percent alcohol by volume, which makes it hard to consume safely if you are planning on driving. Finally, a hot toddy is a staggering 28 percent alcohol by volume. A mere teacup of this stuff will likely place you over the legal limit to drive until you have dried out.
Source: Findlaw Blotter, “5 Alcoholic Holiday Drinks That Don't Mix With Driving,” Brett Snider, Dec. 4, 2014