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Did you know that drunkenness -- and a DUI arrest -- can happen accidentally?

After getting arrested for DUI, a common question people have is, "How did this happen?" You may be asking yourself this if you're relatively new to drinking alcohol or even if you are an experienced drinker.

What a lot of people don't realize is that many factors -- internal and external -- can contribute to how your body and mind react to alcohol. Here are some things to consider as you think back on the circumstances that led to the arrest.

Studies have shown that where you drink can affect how quickly you get drunk.

One particularly interesting study showed that people who drink in an office setting were more likely to get drunk than people who drank the same amount in a bar. Why? Because the body prepares itself -- or compensates for the effects of alcohol -- when the body expects to consume it, as in a bar.

In a setting like an office -- or one not typically associated with alcohol consumption -- the body doesn't readily compensate for alcohol and the heart rate goes up, according to the study.

It might also be argued that people who are on vacation -- such as in Panama City -- might be more susceptible to intoxication simply because they are in a new, unfamiliar place.

Did you eat less on the day you were arrested?

This is a common issue. When you eat, it helps the body absorb alcohol at a slower rate. The food mingles with the alcohol in the stomach, so the alcohol is digested slowly instead of heading straight to the bloodstream.

One study found that mixing liquor with diet soda can cause a higher blood-alcohol concentration.

Yes, that's right. Diet soda -- as opposed to regular soda -- appears to affect digestion in such as way as to increase intoxication when diet soda is mixed with alcohol.

While all of this may be interesting in hindsight, your main concern now should be fighting the drunk driving charge.

Just because you were arrested does not mean you are automatically guilty. The arrest is part of a legal process, and you have a right to challenge the prosecution and look for legal faults in the case. Because a DUI conviction in Florida can result in serious penalties, including possible jail time, license suspension, heavy fines and a criminal record, it is in your best interests to speak with a DUI defense lawyer about your options for a strong defense.

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