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Many new beers contain more alcohol than old favorites

On Behalf of | May 13, 2016 | Criminal Defense, DWI/DUI |

Brewing companies are releasing new beers with regularity. Add to this the many microbreweries that abound, offering their own special flavored and seasonal beers, and the choices available to consumers seem almost overwhelming.

It can be great fun to go out with friends to try out all these new stouts, lagers and ales. However, if you should go sampling, you may want to imbibe at a reasonable pace, especially if you are used to the more traditional American brews such as Bud Light. This is because, in many instances, these beers are notably more potent in regard to their alcohol content.

According to a consumer research firm, in the years 2013 and 2014, almost a quarter of all new beers released worldwide had alcohol by volume levels of 6.5 percent or more. Moreover, in 2014 almost 12 percent of the newly launched beers contained ABV levels of more than 8 percent. This means those brews had nearly twice the ABV as the aforementioned Bud Light.

So while the world of beers has expanded, it has also gotten easier for consumers to unknowingly drink past the legal limit for blood alcohol content. A pleasant evening of beer tasting could end with being pulled over by the police and arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Even a single DWI arrest could result in fines and even the loss of your driving privileges. If you have already received DWI convictions, the penalties are more severe. So, when facing drunk driving charges, it can be beneficial to have an attorney represent your interests. The attorney can go over the record of your arrest, and depending on your circumstances may be able to help get the charges dismissed.