Drinking in public concerns

Marie is at a company picnic. The life of the party, she passes her red cup around for others to sip and gives an indulgent wink as she chats so her coworkers feel part of the fun and hopefully no one judges her for drinking in public. An alcoholic will often feel strongly enough about drinking that it will not be limited to a specific time and place. A healthy drinking adult will practice moderation, drinking occasionally in the home or at a public event where alcohol is permitted. If he or she needs to drive home from an event, a responsible drinker will either taper themselves enough to drive or assign a designated driver that can be reasonably relied on. Read more

Alcoholism and vagrancy

One of the most pressing concerns related to alcohol is that of vagrancy. True, the moderate drinker will be less likely to resort to such means unless other circumstances force them to. Yet among those who drink heavily, there can be unfortunate consequences that eventually lead to such a lifestyle. Urban regions naturally can have many alleyways which are breeding ground for loitering.

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Alcohol and DUI offenses

One of the most alarming criminal offenses that can occur among those who choose to drink alcohol is that of DUI, or driving under the influence. This continues to be a fairly serious legal complication and penalties will only increase following a first offense. The goal of course is to encourage the driver to drive more responsibly. Those who drink and drive can be putting themselves and all other motorists on the road at immediate risk. Yet some will have to learn the hard way and could face jail time, as well as eventually lose their driving privileges completely in the worst cases. Read more

Alcohol effects on breath

One of the many negative side effects associated with drinking alcohol is bad breath. Take the girlfriend who insists that her boyfriend wash his mouth out before a kiss due to drinking whiskey. Of course, bad breath can also be a warning sign for a police officer who pulls over a drunk driver. Though a drinker can attempt to conceal unpleasant breath with a mint or similar method, this obviously will not address any risky or dangerous behavior that can occur due to being under the influence. Read more

Red cup in the hot seat: exploring alcohol related charges and open containers in vehicles

Drinking and driving continues to be a serious and pressing social issue. Countless lives have been lost as a result and many more have been seriously damaged due to alcohol-related traffic accidents. Therefore, having an open container of alcohol present in a car, whether or not someone is charged with a DUI, still needs to be taken seriously. This is because drinking alcohol while driving is a legal offense nationwide, according to Florida attorneys such as Proly, Laporte & Mulligan, P.A. Those who use alcohol irresponsibly and also drive a car can often risk both their lives and the lives of other drivers by drinking while they are in transit in a vehicle.

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