The holidays are a time for friends, family, and food. Many celebrations also include alcohol, which can be deadly when it comes to drunk driving. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, many people underestimate the effects alcohol has on them, which leads them to poor decisions, like getting behind the wheel. The effects also might not be felt all at once, which means you could be drunker than you seem at the moment.
It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent drunk driving. While it is OK for you to enjoy alcoholic beverages when attending parties, make sure you have a plan in place so you do not have to drive. Here are a few steps you can take.
Use a ride-share
With so many ride-share services available these days, there really is no excuse for drinking and driving. Ride-share is affordable, reliable, and can prevent a serious accident from occurring. Taking a ride-share with friends can also help you save money, since everyone can pitch in for the service. Additionally, you can usually secure a ride into the wee hours, which means you will not have to worry about getting home.
Designate a driver
In the event ride-share is not as available where you live, designating a driver is the next best thing. When choosing a person to serve as DD, make sure you select someone you can trust. Even having one drink is problematic in this case, as one drink usually turns into two or more. You can also switch DD from event to event, so everyone can enjoy themselves.
If you do end up driving yourself and drinking, you must stay the night where you are. If you are at a friend or family member’s house, ask if you can sleep over. If you are away from home, find a hotel or other lodging. Do not try to sober up by drinking coffee or eating a meal. Only time can make you sober enough to drive, and depending on how much you drank a few hours might not be enough.