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High Gravity Beer & DUI

Question: I still can’t believe that I caught a DUI in Johns Creek because I only drink beer. I’m really not drunk when I have 5 beers because I know my limit and what I can handle. The Johns Creek cop said I was speeding and made me do those field sobriety tests I’ve been reading about on the internet and I think I looked drunk when I did them because I had a stumble. He looked at my eyes and asked me to count backwards, which I did pretty well.

I took the breath test at the jail and I blew a .142 so now I need a the best Johns Creek DUI lawyer to help me. I truly can’t believe that the number was so damn high because I just had my usual 5 beers, the same amount I have each weekend, and they don’t get me drunk. It’s hard to understand how I did so badly on the test at the jail. I told the cop I was talking to at the jail that I was the designated driver and that everyone else in the car was super drunk, but he didn’t care.

I think I did so badly on the breath test because my friend bought the beer and it was high gravity beer, which I think has more alcohol than regular beer. I can’t believe a little more alcohol from a high gravity beer would affect me so much, but maybe it can.

My friend works in a liquor store and he told me the beer we drank was imported and hard to get and is considered collectible by people who like beer. It tasted alright, but I’m still partial to my American beers. And the beer I drink pretty much all the time is light beer so I can keep the calories away.

G.E. in Johns Creek

Answer: High gravity beers can have significantly higher alcohol than other beers, particularly the light beers that you write you regularly drink. A high gravity beer can be anywhere from about 9% alcohol to 20% alcohol. In comparison, a Bud Light has about 4.3% alcohol and a Bud registers at 5%. So a high gravity beer has far more alcohol than a “regular” beer.

In your case, if you’re used to drinking 5 light beers and not feeling too drunk, 5 high gravity beers can be a very different situation. In fact, in terms of alcohol consumption, the high gravity beers could have had three times the alcohol that you usually consume. It’s as if you drank 15 beers instead of just 5.

It is certainly possible that 5 high gravity beers could lead to a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and a DUI.

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