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Woman Charged with DUI 'Only' Drank 15 Non-Alcoholic Beers

Her blood alcohol content was four times over the legal limit.

by Nick Rose
May 16 2017, 2:00pm

Photo via Flickr user Simeon Berg

Ever wondered how many non-alcoholic beers it would take for you to inebriate yourself to the point of being incapable of driving?

Well, according to one reckless Japanese woman, that number is 15. But that claim is being investigated by police who showed up to the scene of a devastating accident in Fukuoka City last week.

The unnamed woman's compact car slammed into oncoming traffic, hitting a van occupied by a four-year-old girl and her father, who was driving. The 23-year-old driver of the compact car that caused the accident was found to have four times Japan's legal blood alcohol content limit of 0.03 percent and was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Unfazed, she explained to police that she "only drank 15 non-alcoholic beers," a claim so farfetched that it was deemed newsworthy by Japanese media:

The original story, which ran on Yahoo! Japan News and emerged in English on SoraNews 24, reported that the young woman's claims were met with skepticism not only by police but by those who read about it online, with comments ranging from "That's the worst excuse I've ever heard" to "I could have had four regular beers and then sobered up completely in the same time it must have taken her to drink 15 non-alcoholic beers."

In Japan, most non-alcoholic beers have 0.00 percent alcohol content, but even if she was drinking the not-so-hard stuff (0.5 percent) that is more common in North America, it's unlikely that 15 of them would take someone over the edge to such a level of intoxication. But who knows?

Either way, we don't recommend drinking 15 of pretty much anything and operating heavy machinery afterwards.