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Purely For Medicinal Purposes

Just in case you had any doubt, cough syrup (this one at 20% by volume is stronger than the alcohol content of most wines) may get you into trouble driving a car.

Our young heroine in this case lost her driver's license because she admitted to having a "capful" of cough syrup before driving home. She likewise admitted that she was out "with a bunch of friends" who had been drinking, but she had not. Sure.

Her BAC was over the legal limit for a driver under the age of 21.

Her lawyer made a creative argument, though. He claimed that cough syrup didn't qualify as an alcoholic beverage under VC 23136. I've never thought of cough syrup as an adult drink, but that thinking is contrary to that of the First District Court of Appeal.

Honestly, though, their rationale makes sense. They knew that the statute, VC 109, defined "alcoholic beverage" as any liquid that contains alcohol.

So, when you're leaving the doctor's office, you shouldn't have one for the road.

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