We all enjoy having a nice time out with friends. Sometimes, however, we end up having too much fun, without realizing how much we have been drinking, or how much alcohol is in our system.

Here are 5 tips for avoiding the risk of being pulled over by the police, and being charged with driving under the influence, or a DUI.

1. Stop Before the Buzz

Feeling slightly affected by alcohol, or “buzzed,” means being already under the influence.
“Buzzed” driving is the same as drunk driving. To avoid a DUI, calculate ahead of time how many drinks will it take to get you to that “buzzed” state. Stop drinking before you reach the number of drinks that may affect you. If you wish to have another drink, just wait until you get home, or start thinking about a hired ride, such as Uber, Lyft, or a taxi cab.

2. Plan Ahead: Use your Smartphone for Hired Drives

Bars in highly populated areas are rife with taxi drivers, as well as with hired drivers who freelance for companies such as Uber and Lyft. They normally park outside the establishments, in a common area, and there will always be a ride available for you.

Before you head out, download every hired driver application, as well as your city’s taxi cab applications, to your phone. When you sign up, they will ask you to activate your phone’s location services. You will also be asked to enter a payment form, so you don’t have to carry cash in the event you need to ask for a driver.

3. Carry Milk Thistle Pills

Milk Thistle, a natural herb remedy known for its benefits for liver function, is also a lesser-known hangover solution. Taking the pills before and after drinking may reduce your alcohol “buzz,” thus helping you get home sober.

4. Time Your Drinking

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in your body is dependent on factors such as body weight, liver function, drinking on an empty stomach, and much more. According to Healthline, the approximate time it takes to process alcohol out of your body is
• 1 hour for a shot of liquor
• 2 hours for a pink of beer
• 3 hours for a glass of wine
• More than 3 hours for multiple drinks

Therefore, while you are at it, calculate how much you have been drinking, and for how long, before you decide to drive on your own.

5. Track with Apps

Your Smartphone can double as your alarm clock when it comes to drinking. Apps such as
DrinkTracker and Intoxicheck can help you determine whether you are apt to drive home, or whether you should get a hired drive.
Drink Tracker offers a Breathalyzer and a calculator that helps track your BAC.
Intoxicheck is a game-type app that calculates your reactions in each challenge. The quickness of your reactions will give you a score that determinates whether you are still sober, or not.

There you have it, there has never been a better time to avoid getting a DUI and still have fun!