If you are visiting Hawaii and intend to spend a night at the beach with your bottle of favorite alcoholic drink, you must familiarize yourself with the state’s laws and regulations on alcohol. You don’t want to waste the night in jail or paying a fine instead of a relaxing vacation, right?
Alcohol and Hawaiian Laws
If you are 20 years old, alcoholic beverages are a no-no for you. In Hawaii, the legal drinking age is at 21 years old. Buying, possessing and consuming alcohol below the stipulated legal age call for a mandatory license suspension, revocation, or denial which can last for at least 180 days.
If you are 21 years old, clap! Welcome to a fun night with a beer in hand! However, your intoxicating night out may have to be cut short to 2 a.m. as alcohol sales end at that time.
Supermarkets and convenience stores sell alcoholic beverages until 11 p.m., while bars and restaurants go until 2 a.m. There are places with cabaret licenses which extend alcohol serving until 4 a.m. Still, if 2 a.m. is too early to halt the alcohol party, Maui County allows alcohol beverages to be sold 24 hours a day.
Drinking alcohol on beaches is prohibited. It is also illegal to drive under the influence of alcoholic beverages. When your blood alcohol concentration reaches 0.08 percent or higher, drop the idea of driving. First DUI case is fined at 150 to 1,000 US dollars with 50 dollars surcharges. Offenders are also obliged to complete an alcohol and drug abuse program. Your license will also be revoked for a year and possible community service of up to 72 hours.
For a second DUI offense within five years after the first instance, the fine jumps to 500 to 1,500 US dollars with 50 US dollars in surcharges. Offenders will also be imprisoned for five to 30 days or serve 240 hours of community service, along with 2-year license revocation.
Third DUI offense within five years of the first two offense is fined at 500 to 2,500 US dollars with 50 US dollars in surcharges. A ten-day to one-month imprisonment and license revocation for two years will be given to offenders.
But aside from it being watched by the state’s regulations and laws, drinking alcohol is also under the watchful eyes of dental professionals.
Alcohol and Oral Health
Alcohol is not only intoxicating but also damaging to oral health. Alcohol can reduce the mouth’s moisture and lead to dry mouth.
When the mouth is dry, it means it lacks enough saliva flow to sweep away food particles from the mouth and fight off bacteria which can lead to dental plaque. Dry mouth also causes bad breath and permits volatile sulfur compounds like methyl mercaptan and hydrogen sulfide to grow.
Also, when alcohol consumption become too much for the body, it can lead to gastrointestinal distress or vomiting. A vomit contains gastric acids which can lead to dental erosion.
Drinking alcohol also increases the likelihood of oral-related problems like gum disease and cancer as drinking alcohol, especially when excessive, reduces the body’s natural ability to utilize antioxidants.
So, instead of having an unwarranted conflict with the law and develop diseases, push the alcohol away and go for healthier drinks.