Can I drink on DUI probation?

Question: I’m a bartender at a bar in Dunwoody and I’m on probation for DUI. I want to know if I can drink at all while I’m on DUI probation in Sandy Springs because I’d like to drink with some customers when they buy me a shot or a beer or a mixed drink.

I want to make sure that I’m following the rules for probation and I don’t want to ask my probation officer because I don’t want to get tested because I’m doing some drinking now at the bar. Nothing major, but I had a couple of glasses of wine yesterday and the day before I had a couple of shots of really expensive bourbon.

I don’t know why a little bit of drinking should be a big deal. It’s not like I’m taking drugs like pot or cocaine or meth or anything like that. I know I’m not going to be drinking a lot and driving and getting another DUI. I learned my lesson and I don’t need another drunk driving charge.

At the bar, which is in a nice restaurant and we serve a wealthy clientele, people will buy me top-shelf drinks, the good stuff. It’s a benefit of the job and I’d like to be able to keep drinking small amounts if I can.

P.S. in Sandy Springs, GA

Answer: A condition of DUI probation is that you don’t drink alcohol. If you are discovered to have consumed alcohol, that would be a probation violation and a judge could and likely would impose additional penalties, including incarceration. When you are on probation in the state of Georgia for a DUI you are not supposed to drink, do illegal drugs or break the law. That is mostly common sense.

You are, however, allowed to take medication prescribed to you by a doctor.

The consumption of alcohol can be detected even four or five days after drinking. A reliable testing method is the EtG test, properly known as Ethyl Glucuronide. The test checks for the presence of the ethyl alcohol metabolite produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches and found in beer, wine or liquors. Beware, many probation officers use the EtG test.

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