You can get a DUI after only have two drinks, depending on what you were drinking.
The problem people get into is that what is served in a glass at a bar, restaurant, or a gathering is not necessarily a “drink” insofar as quantity and alcohol concentration is concerned.
When considering how much you had to drink, "one drink" is one 12-ounce American Beer, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or one shot of hard liquor.
High Gravity Beer:
Not all beer has the same alcohol concentration. Many imported beers have more alcohol than a traditional American beer. Many craft brews also have more alcohol. Additionally, a 16-ounce pint is 25% more beer than a 12 ounce can.
Most traditional beers have an alcohol concentration of 4% to 5%. If you are consuming high gravity beer, do the math. For example, if the beer has an 8.5% alcohol concentration, you are consuming 66% more alcohol.
If you do not like math, consider that each high gravity beer is the equivalent of at least one and a half "beers." A better idea is to consider each high gravity beer as two "beers."
When drinking wine at a restaurant, look at the size of the pour. If the poor is more than half of a small glass, you are drinking more than one "glass of wine."
A bottle of wine is 750 ml or about 25 ounces. As a result, it's about 5 glasses of wine. Again, this is simple math. Be careful!
There is no way to know how many shots are in a mixed drink unless you prepared it yourself. Thus, it is my opinion that you cannot safely drive after consuming even one mixed drink. There is too much unknown.
I have spoken to bartenders that tell me, for example, that one Long Island Ice Tea can have as much as five shots in it. As a result, a person that has just “two drinks,” may have had as much as ten alcohol beverages.
Moral of the Story:
My point is that how much a person has had to drink is not the number of beverages he or she has consumed. How much a person has had to drinks is a math problem. Err on the side of caution. If you have been drinking do not drive. Today, there are so many better options. If you make a mistake and are charged with a DUI, we offer the Best Georgia DUI Defense.