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Man Claims Eating Beer-Battered Fish Caused Intoxication

 Posted on November 07, 2014 in Criminal Defense

Can you get drunk after eating a plate of beer-battered fish? That is the question that many Los Angeles DUI defense lawyers are asking, after a man in Wisconsin presented that as a defense for his DUI.

The man was pulled over by police officers, who then administered a breathalyzer test. The man registered below the .08 maximum permissible level, but since this wasn't his first DUI, he was charged just the same. The man apparently told police officers that he had eaten beer-battered fish just before he began driving, and that this accounted for the alcohol content in his blood. He denied having consumed any alcohol beverages.

To cook up a plate of beer-battered fish, the seafood is dipped in batter that includes beer, and deep-fried. Cooking removes the alcohol from the food. The alcohol evaporates in the cooking process, and although it leaves behind the flavor of alcohol, it does not leave behind alcohol content that would be sufficient to actually intoxicate a person.

However, that doesn't mean that there is no connection between alcohol and foods that you eat. For instance, certain types of food prevent you from getting intoxicated as quickly or as severely. For instance, many drinkers swear by pizza, and especially the alcohol - absorbing properties of bread and cheese, to reduce their risk of alcohol intoxication while drinking.

Everyone knows that it's important to eat a good meal when you're drinking. That helps slow down the absorption of alcohol in your system. The worst thing that you could do is to drink several beverages, with little food in your system. That kind of alcohol consumption is irresponsible, and increases the risk that you will fail an alcohol test. Over the holidays, drink responsibly, and to be on the safer side, avoid driving after having consumed a few beverages.

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