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Avoid DUI this Season: Track Alcohol Consumption with Solo Cups

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DuPage County DUI defense lawyerThe ubiquitous red Solo cup is likely to appear in your hand at some point during a seasonal party. Here are some handy tips to help you track your alcoholic beverage consumption in terms of the current standard, 18-ounce, squared Solo cup. Knowing how much you have consumed will help you stay safe and avoid the chance of an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI).

What Constitutes a “One Drink” of Beer, Wine, or Liquor

With today’s wide variety of alcoholic beverage choices, you really have to be aware of the alcohol content of your drink of choice. The number of ounces one “standard” serving varies from 1 ounce to 12 ounces:

  • Bourbon or whiskey labeled “barrel proof” or “single barrel” (120 proof, 60% alcohol): 1 ounce.
  • Standard liquor (80 proof, 40% alcohol): 1.5 ounces.
  • Wine, champagne, sparkling wine (12% alcohol): 5 ounces.
  • Imperial stout or double IPA (10% alcohol): 6 ounces.
  • Craft beer (6% alcohol): 10 ounces.
  • Regular beer (4.5% alcohol): 12 ounces.
  • Hard cider or hard lemonade (5% alcohol): 12 ounces.

How to Manage Your Consumption by Solo Cup

When mixing a cocktail, pour the liquor in first. 3 ounces will amount to about an inch of liquid in the bottom of your Solo cup. The liquid should just touch the bottom of the word Solo that is spelled down the side of the cup. Add mixer and ice, and that will be the equivalent of two drinks. (Let us assume the use of real glasses for those single barrel bourbons and whiskeys.)

When drinking wine or champagne, remember that Solo cup holds 18 ounces. So pour the cup about one-third full and that will count as one drink.

For beer, hard cider, or hard lemonade, 12 ounces should fall right below the top of the finger-hold ridges on the cub. That leaves a good inch and a half of air space to prevent spillage as you walk around, and lets you finish the drink before it gets too warm to enjoy.

If you are really thirsty, alternate cups of water or soda with alcoholic drinks. This will help you maintain your alcohol consumption at a safe level of one drink per hour.

Stay safe. Pour your own drinks and keep an eye on your cup. If you are the host, have some Sharpie markers handy so people can write their names on their cups.

Choose a Seasoned DuPage County DUI Defense Lawyer

We all know we should not drive when we have drunk enough to be over the legal limit, but sometimes it can be hard to remember exactly how much we consumed and how quickly we can expect to be sober enough to drive.

If you make an error in judgment and are arrested for DUI, remember that an arrest is NOT a conviction, even if the police tell you that you failed a breathalyzer test.

An experienced Oak Brook DUI defense lawyer may be able to get that DUI charge reduced or dismissed, or negotiate a sentence to reduce the impact of this mistake on the rest of your life. Call 630-953-4400 for a free consultation.




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