Anytime a person drinks too much and gets behind the wheel, it can lead to a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in Georgia. However, when you add into the mix an extremely strong alcoholic beverage such as Everclear, the dangers can be unexpectedly worse.
If you or someone you care for has been arrested for DUI in the State of Georgia, an experienced Georgia DUI attorney is here to help defend your case.
What is Everclear?
Everclear is a grain-distilled spirit. It is clear and for the most part, tasteless and odorless. Everclear makes two different versions of its spirit: 151 Proof (75.5% alcohol) and 190 Proof (95% alcohol).
This is extremely potent stuff. Most spirits that we consider strong "liquor" are less than half as strong as Everclear.
- Most types of vodka, rum, and whiskey clock in at around 80 Proof (40% alcohol).
- Wine is typically 10% to 14% alcohol by volume.
- Beer usually ranges from 4.2% to 12% alcohol by volume.
One shot of Everclear has more than double the effect of a typical shot of other liquors, making it incredibly likely that Everclear consumption will cause quick and significant intoxication.
The sale of Everclear is banned in 14 states because of its strength.
How is Everclear Typically Consumed?
The maker of Everclear does not recommend straight consumption of its product. Instead, the company recommends that Everclear be mixed with water or with juice to make a mixed drink, thereby diluting the strength of the liquor.
Everclear is often added to juices and punches to make a strong concoction that does not taste strong. For many college students, a common drink referred to as "hard lemonade" is spiked with Everclear. In such cases, the drink will not taste alcoholic at all despite the fact that it is much stronger than if vodka had been added to the drink. This often results in over-drinking and serious intoxication.
Everclear is extremely flammable and because of this, it has become a popular ingredient to make flaming shots or other flaming drinks.
Effects of Drinking Everclear
Because of its extra high alcohol content, Everclear can cause
- extreme intoxication,
- unexpectedly sudden intoxication,
- significant impairment of motor skills (including those necessary to safely drive), and
- alcohol poisoning.
Everclear is at least twice as strong as other liquors, and the effects you may be used to from drinking will be multiplied while consuming this grain spirit.
Defending Your Case
If you have been arrested for DUI in Georgia as a result of consuming Everclear, an experienced attorney can help defend your case by challenging the initial stop, arguing a field sobriety test was inaccurate, or challenging the results of the blood or breath test.