13 Answers about Underage Drinking Dangers, and Edible Marijuana help

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With warmer weather, the number of underage drinking parties and accidents are on the rinse. This is a compilation of questions and answers about alcohol from the author of the teen books, On The Rocks and Cheers! in the Path You Choose series for kids between grades 5-8. Follow the links below for more information on each topic.

Is there such a thing as being ‘a little drunk’?

Underage drinking–When going from being sober to tipsy or buzzed, there is a point when you are beginning to feel the effects of alcohol. This could be after 1-2 drinks per hour for women and 2-3 drinks per hour for men. This also depends on:

  1. Your past experience with alcohol
  2. How much food is in your stomach?
  3. How much you weigh Healthline.com

What is tipsy?

Being tipsy is the first sign that the alcohol you’re drinking is having an effect on your body. This tipsiness begins when alcohol enters the bloodstream and starts to affect the functions of both your brain and your body. When a person becomes tipsy, they:

  • Become more talkative and seem more self-confident.
  • Are likely to show risky behavior and their speech and reactions slow down.
  • Have a shorter attention span and poor short-term memory.

     A person who is tipsy is at greater risk of injury than a sober person. Healthline.com

What is the quickest way to sober up?

There is nothing a person can do to quickly bring down the blood alcohol concentration or BAC level in their body. The only thing that will help your body to become completely sober is time. Medical News Today

Can coffee or high caffeine Power drinks help you sober up?

Caffeine may help a person feel more alert, but it does not break down alcohol in the body. And just because a person feels more alert does not mean they are not impaired and intoxicated by the alcohol in their system. Medical News Today

How about a cold shower?

Cold showers do nothing to lower BAC levels. A cold shower may make a person alert for a short period of time, but they are still impaired.

It’s important for someone to be with the intoxicated person if they choose to shower, because cold showers may cause shock or unconsciousness for some intoxicated people. Medical News Today

Will eating or drinking water help you sober up? 

It’s true that eating before, during, and after drinking can help slow the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. Drinking plenty of water can assist with dehydration and help flush toxins from the body.

Also, drinking fruit juices can help the liver flush out alcohol more successfully.

Although these methods can help process alcohol, they do not affect signs of drunkenness or bring down your BAC level. Medical News Today

Should I go sleep it off?

Yes, sleep is the best way for a person to sober up. Sleep allows the body to rest and recover. It also helps to restore the body’s ability to remove alcohol out of the system.

Even a quick nap can help. But the more sleep a person gets, the more sober they will feel, and time gives the liver the chance to absorb the alcohol. Medical News Today

Can you drive after you have a few beers?

Although beer has less alcohol than wine or other drinks, even a couple of drinks will affect your ability to do two tasks at once – like steering a car and quickly putting on the brakes.

Even small amounts of alcohol will affect your ability to watch out for other moving cars. This could also mean that you won’t accurately judge your distance from other vehicles. Or, that you fail to spot hazards, like a child or animal in the road. Renegade Brewing

Is it legal to drive with an open container in the vehicle?

Open container laws forbid the presence of any type of unsealed container that contains or previously contained an alcoholic beverage. These can include:

  • Bottles
  • Cans
  • Flasks
  • All other types of containers that hold alcoholic beverages. FindLaw Resources

Is it legal for teens to drink in their own home?

The legal age for purchasing or publicly consuming alcohol in the United States is 21.

No state has an exception that permits anyone other than a family member to provide alcohol to a minor on private property. There is an exception for wine being used in religious services. Alcohol.org

How about a minor drinking on a camping trip when no one is driving?

No, underage drinking is not allowed. Many states require that a minor can only drink when it’s provided in their home with a parent present. Another adult over 21 is not allowed to provide you with alcohol, even if no one is driving. Alcohol.org

Can the police arrest you as a minor for drinking in a private home?

A citation can be issued to a minor drinking underage, for possession of alcohol on private property.

Under some circumstances, police officers who respond to a complaint at a home or apartment have the right to enter the property. These conditions include: if they see any illegal activity, such as minors possessing or consuming alcohol.  In such cases, officers may detain or arrest those involved. Lawrence, KS

Are parents responsible if unrelated teens drink in their home?

Many states have laws that require “social hosts” to be responsible for underage drinking on property they own, lease, or otherwise control, whether or not the social host actually provides the alcohol. Alcohol.org

What happens when someone over 21 furnishes alcohol to minors?

Providing alcohol to a minor is most often a misdemeanor offense. However, the crime may be considered a felony, if someone was seriously injured or killed because they illegally supplied the alcohol. Criminal Defense Lawyer

Is it legal to furnish marijuana edibles to minors?

In all U.S. states that have legalized marijuana, you must be over the age of 21 to use recreational weed. In most legal states, any person over 18 can get a medicinal marijuana card, which they can then use at any dispensary. Civilized.com

Health and Safety Code 11361 HS is a California marijuana law that makes it a crime for adults to:

  • sell, give or offer marijuana to a minor,
  • induce a minor to use marijuana, or
  • employ or use a minor to transport, sell or give away marijuana. Shouselaw

The rate of overdose is high among minors as the candy resembles normal candy and it’s very easy to eat too much at one time.

What happens to a kid who gets caught drinking at school?

 Bringing alcohol onto the property of a middle school or high school can have harsh consequences. If caught underage drinking these situations, a student may face suspension or expulsion.

Many schools consider bringing alcohol to school a Level IV offense. This offense can leave a mark on a student’s permanent record. In the future, the student may be required to list this infraction on a college application or with a licensing board after they finish college. AsseltaLaw

What does BAC mean?

Blood alcohol content (BAC) is the unit used to measure the amount of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream.

How is BAC measured?

There are only two ways to measure BAC: a breathalyzer test or a blood test. Both can be issued by a police officer if they are suspicious that your driving is impaired. A citation can be issued even if you are underage drinking and still under the legal limit for intoxication. But for a minor, there is a zero tolerance for alcohol. This means that any alcohol found in the system of a minor can be punished by law enforcement. BBM Lawyers

What is the legal BAC limit for driving in most states?

The legal BAC in most states is 0.08, with the exception of Utah, where the legal BAC for driving is 0.05. A safe rule of thumb is: If you have been drinking, do not drive.

If you are with someone who has been drinking, do not get into the car with them. It doesn’t matter what they say. You might hear the words, “I’m okay to drive. I didn’t drink that much.”  Or they might say, “It’s been a while since I’ve had a drink. I’m sure I’m fine.” Or “Don’t worry about it, I can hold my liquor.” No! No! No! Don’t get into a car as a passenger with someone who has been drinking, period. State by State BAC

As defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a standard drink is half an ounce of alcohol. That means one 12-ounce beer, one five-ounce glass of wine, and or 1.5-ounce shot of distilled spirits or hard liquor. Each of these count as one standard drink. But remember, for a minor, underage drinking is illegal, no mater what your BAC may show. The limit for minors is zero. How many drinks does it take? Utah percentage laws

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