Sometimes it is interesting to see how reality tracks with local laws. As a drunk driving defense lawyer representing folks in Jefferson, Shelby, Cullman and surrounding counties, I frequently see how DUI arrests occur in supposedly dry Alabama counties. The question is whether or not selling alcohol in one area translates to the instances of arrests of motorists allegedly driving while intoxicated.
Regardless of the statistics, anyone who is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, or arrested for prescription drug DUI, should not hesitate to contact a qualified legal professional. There are many reasons to have a drunk driving defense attorney by your side in cases of DUI, not the least of which include the possible loss of your job and marriage difficulties.
A recent article discusses the alarming percentage of binge drinking highest in dry Alabama counties. The writer describes one resident of Cedar Bluff, an unemployed 22-year-old, as typical of the many people in the “nominally dry” Cherokee County, who are usually looking for a drink.
Based on the article, 15 percent of people in Cherokee County were reportedly involved in binge drinking during the past 30 days — this was based on a survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The definition of binge drinking is men who consumed at least five drinks, and women four drinks, in less than two hours. This kind of activity usually results in a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of at least 0.8 percent.
At that particular consumption rate, Cherokee County would tend to rank at the top of the so-called hard-drinking areas of Alabama. But this apparently comes as little surprise to certain organizations that track alcohol consumption within Alabama. Based on reports, a number of dry counties have binge drinking rates higher than the state average.
While this may seem to implicate Alabama as a heavy drinking state, there is good news. According to national statistics, ours is a relative teetotaler among states. In fact, upper Midwest states have the highest occurrences of binge drinking while Southern states generally have among the lowest.
Binge drinking highest in dry Alabama counties, AL.com, March 21, 2010