Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Overview

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a crime. In NYS, the penalties include the loss of driving privileges, fines, and a possible jail term.

Your judgment, coordination and ability to drive a vehicle change when you consume any amount of alcohol. The level of impairment depends on five conditions:

  • The amount of alcohol you drink
  • The amount of food you eat before or while you drink alcohol
  • The length of time you drink alcohol
  • Your bodyweight
  • Your gender

There is no quick method to become sober. The best method is to wait until your body absorbs the alcohol. The average rate that your body processes alcohol is approximately one drink per hour.