As we age, our bodies go through many changes. And sometimes these changes require that we start a regimen of drugs, both prescription and over the counter. Of course, it is best that we have our doctors approve of the drugs we use and that we only use them according to their directions. As long as we use the correct dosage in the right manner, we will likely be just fine.

However, mixing drugs with alcohol can cause some dangerous side effects. These side effects are often dependent on the kinds of drugs and the amount of alcohol consumed. For example, drinking and taking high-blood pressure medication could cause a person to get dizzy or even faint. Consuming alcohol along with prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin or Vicodin, can increase fatigue and impair motor skills.

One of the problems older people face is that as we age, it takes our bodies more time to break down alcohol, and it stays in the bloodstream longer. This is something to keep in mind if you should use alcohol and drugs before driving.

Perhaps when you were younger, you could have a drink or two and be fine to drive. But as you have gotten older and started using medications, you might get behind the wheel and soon realize that the effects made it difficult to drive.

If this mistake led to an arrest for driving while under the influence, remember that you have rights. One of those rights is that you can have an attorney present before you are questioned. This is even more important if there was an accident associated with your arrest.

To better ensure that all of your rights are protected, you may wish to have legal representation in the form of a New Jersey criminal defense attorney. Depending on your circumstances, an attorney may be able to help you avoid a license suspension and could have the charges dismissed.