As the weather gets warmer, you may have begun anticipating all the fun you will have through the summer months. Backyard barbeques, trips to the beach and playing in the park can all be on the agenda as the days get longer. However, the sun can be relentless, and when you spend the day outdoors, it is very easy to build up a healthy thirst.

Perhaps you enjoy having beer, wine and other spirits as part of your summertime activities. This is all well and good, but it’s important to remember that while alcoholic beverages may temporarily quench your thirst, they actually speed up the dehydration process.

This is because alcohol is a diuretic and induces urination. When you lose fluids in this manner, your body begins to have difficulty regulating its temperature. If you do not replenish your body’s supply of fluids, you will likely begin to feel the effects of dehydration.

The symptoms of dehydration can be quite extreme and include muscle cramps, headache, fatigue and dizziness. Moreover, alcohol can negatively affect your judgment and lead you to make mistakes.

The combination of alcohol and dehydration could profoundly affect your ability to perform basic tasks, such as driving a car. It is possible that you could get behind the wheel without being aware of your level of impairment. Therefore, if you choose to drink while out the in heat, it may be best to wait until you have recovered or have a friend drive you home.

Should you choose to drive after a summer day’s fun and are pulled over by the police for driving while under the influence, you could find yourself facing a variety of penalties. In addition to having to pay a fine, you may have your driving privileges revoked or limited. Punishments increase with each accrued DWI conviction.

If you have been arrested for DWI, you may benefit from the services of an experienced attorney who handles such cases. The attorney can work to protect your rights and may be able to help limit the severity of your penalties or perhaps get the case dismissed.