There is nothing illegal about drinking alcohol. There or is also nothing illegal about drinking alcohol and driving. It is only against the law to drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08% or more.
The state of California created this law under section 23152 of the vehicle code. This law has a number of different sections which make it illegal to drive a motor vehicle under certain circumstances. 23152 (a) V.C. prohibits any person to drive a car when their driving ability is impaired by either alcohol or drugs or the combination. 23152 (b) V.C. prohibits driving by those people who have a blood-alcohol level of .08% or more.
When I asked my clients how much they have had to drink, the most common response is with a number. For example, clients will tell me they had a couple of drinks, a few glasses of champagne etc. Our average client speaks of their drinks like they were all the same. Nothing could be further from the truth. This oversimplification, is what commonly gets my clients in trouble. Although, counting and keeping track of what one has to drink is important, what you are drinking is just, and maybe more important than just the number.
Be very careful, drinking beer which has an alcohol content of 12 -14% is not remotely the same as vodka, whiskey, or rum which can have 30% or more by volume of alcohol. Wine, like beer has a much lower alcohol content than other hard liquors. A driver who consumes three shots of tequila will have a much higher blood-alcohol level than one who consumes three glasses of wine or beer.
Mixed drinks can also get people in trouble, because unless you are making the drink yourself, you can never be certain of the amount of actual alcohol being mixed in your drink. For example, while drinking at a bar or restaurant, one drink could actually have two or more ounces of alcohol, while you’re counting it as one drink.
It is also prudent and helpful to always combine food when you are drinking. The benefit of food is that it helps the body absorb the alcohol, and then eliminate the alcohol reducing your blood alcohol level (BAC) should you be stopped and ultimately tested by the police. All food is not created equally for the purpose of expediting, or speeding up the process of absorbing alcohol that has been consumed. Typical bar food, like pretzels, peanuts, and tortilla chips and salsa are not a lot of help. Studies have shown that protein rich foods like chicken, beef, and pork, as well as vegetables and protein dramatically increase the body’s absorption of alcohol quicker. Also spacing of your drinks helps a lot too.