While drunk driving and drug related traffic accidents are down in the last couple years, they are still too high. According to statistics on MADD, 9, 878 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2011.
I am not here to talk about statistics and percentages. We can read stats on websites and billboards all day long, but realistically, they are just numbers and numbers do not hit home nor the heart.
I am here to talk about common freaking sense.
When we put chemicals into our body, even cold medicine, it alters our state of consciousness and our senses become warped. We might think we are driving “perfectly fine” after just a couple of drinks, one hit of marijuana, or a couple of pills, but the truth is the effects of any drug effect us.
You may or may not have a drinking problem. Chances are if you or someone you know thinks it is okay to drive while intoxicated, there most likely is an issue with drinking that goes deeper than just being selfish and without regard for others.
Here are some tips for partying (without injuring yourself or others) during the holiday season:
- Have a designated driver. This works.
- KNOW your limit.
- The switch off. Drink water between every drink and for God’s sake EAT SOMETHING. Still: DO NOT DRIVE. This method is good for helping you or someone not turning into a belligerent drunk.
- Keep an eye on friends or people you are with. If someone is drinking too much, make sure you take their keys (with our without them knowing it). They might get angry with you, but an angry friend is better than a dead friend.
- Make sure you don’t have to drive. Plan a ride ahead or have money for a cab.
If you or someone you know has a drinking problem, go over to aa.org and get some information on how to get help and how to find a meeting.
Have a fun and safe holiday season!