One Drink Per Hour Rule to Avoid a Holiday DUI

Many former clients claimed they consumed one drink per hour. I then inquired what they were drinking. Quite often I heard one martini per hour. I even heard one 40 ounce of malt liquor beer per hour. One drink an hour does not mean one container of any size containing any type of intoxicating liquor. It is important to discuss the one drink per hour rule during the holiday season.

One drink per hour equals:

• 12 ounces beer 3% alcohol content
• 4 ounces of wine
• 1.5 ounces of 80 proof liquor
• 1 ounce of 100 proof liquor

Now we will review my former clients and their “one drink per hour” claim. A martini is typically 3 to 4 ounces. Bombay Sapphire is 94 proof, Tanqueray is 94.6 proof and Beefeater is 94 proof. One martini can easily equate to 4 to 5 drinks per hour. If you have 2 martinis an hour you are reaching 8 to 10 drinks in two hours.

Malt liquor beer usually has an alcohol content of 6% to 10%. A 40 ounce malt liquor beer equates 4 to 5 drinks during that one hour.

Many other factors can affect your breath alcohol content level. Your weight, gender, rate of consumption, amount of food consumed, mood and consumption of illicit drugs or prescribed drugs will impact the alcohol absorption rate. Many people believe water or food dilute your breath alcohol content level. This is not true. Food and water impact absorption rate.

During the holiday season the Washington State Patrol, County Sheriff departments, and city police carry out DUI Emphasis Patrols starting Thanksgiving and ending after New Year’s Eve. When you attend your corporate Christmas party, gatherings with relatives, Chanukah festivities or other events remember what one drink per hour really means.

Exercise caution this holiday season and be safe.