Drinking alcohol can be a pleasant social activity and a way to relax – when it is done in moderation and in safe conditions. But even many of the most responsible among us have accidentally drank too much when they didn’t plan on it, and found themselves far from home and over the legal limit to drive.
It can be easy to say, “just this once,” or “maybe I’ll drink a coffee and be fine,” but these are the responses that can get you in trouble: you can cause accidents, hurt yourself and others, and/or end up with a DWI charge.
Here are ten things you can do to if you find yourself inebriated and tempted to get behind the wheel.
- Use public transportation. If you’re in the Kansas City or St. Louis area, there’s a good chance that you have a public transportation option that runs even at night. It might take you a little longer, but it’s a way to get home safe. Just be wary if you’re intoxicated enough that you might have trouble navigating the system.
- Know the dangers of drunk biking and walking. You may be tempted to bike or walk home, but keep in mind that a large number of fatal biking and pedestrian accidents involve the person walking or biking being intoxicated. If it’s just a few blocks, you’ll likely be fine, but have a friend take you. Never try to cross or bike on busy roads if you’re drunk.
- Give your keys to someone you know. If you realize that you’ve had too many, get your keys somewhere safe so that you aren’t tempted to use them later. One of the reasons so many people drive drunk is because they make poor decisions once they’re inebriated. Make sure that’s not even an option.
- Download a ride sharing service app. Ride sharing apps like Uber and Lyft can access you in places that other forms of transportation like taxis aren’t available, and they are easy and fast. Yes, it will take a few more bucks to get home, but you do so safely and legally.
- Look into sober ride services. Many cities and town have sober ride programs: non-profits and volunteers who will drive you home if you’ve gotten too tipsy to drive. Keep their info in your wallet, purse or phone.
- Tell the bartender. Bartenders often know exactly how to solve this problem – and many are trained to help prevent drunk driving. They may be able to help you call a taxi, get a ride home, or find a safe place to crash for the night until you’re sober.
- Have or find a designated driver. It’s always a great idea to have a sober friend tagging along to drinking events – just take turns or draw straws. Even if you don’t have a designated driver, there may be one at the bar or event you’re at that can help you out in a pinch.
- Call someone you trust. Whether you know it or not, you probably have a few friends or family members who care about you a lot, and would rather come pick you up then have you make a really bad life decision. Call in a favor from a loved one, and get a ride home.
- Stay where you are. Never underestimate the possibility of staying put. If you’re at someone’s house, ask to crash on their couch. If you’re at a bar, switch to water and wait, or go to a nearby diner and have some food while you sober up.
- Have a plan before you start drinking. No, we can’t always plan what’s going to happen, but if you’re going anywhere where you’ll be having a drink or two, think about how you might get home if you end up drinking more. It never hurts to have a plan, even if you don’t have to use it.
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