With the biggest drinking night of the year coming at us fast, I'd like to take a moment to rant...
This morning, I read a news story about a woman who ruined an entire family because she was too stupid to not get behind the wheel when she'd been drinking. The family was on its way to celebrate Christmas. And now the dad is dead and the mom and the daughter are injured. And she's facing manslaughter charges.
Drinking and driving is just stupid. Seriously.
Oh, I've done it. Although I never got caught. Looking back, I'm surprised I survived doing it and I'm damn lucky I didn't kill anyone or damage any property. That was 25-30 years ago. I've smartened up a lot since then. Cuz that was probably the stupidest thing I've ever done (and I've done some stupid shit).
Personally, I think one drink before you get behind the wheel is too much. One beer? One glass of wine? Well, maybe, but how do you know how that one drink is going to affect you?
I used to drink A LOT. My tolerance level was up there, lemme tell ya. One night I was out with friends and they convinced me to do a shooter. Within 15 minutes I couldn't stand up straight. I seriously thought I was having a brain aneurysm because I couldn't even remember doing the damn shooter and thought I'd only had my gin and tonic. It was seriously scary. Lucky for me, I wasn't driving that night. My friends took me home and got me inside, where I crawled to the bathroom and hugged the porcelain god for a while.
Hammered by one shooter. I wasn't even sure what was in the shooter. Was it schnapps or was it 151 rum? There's a big difference in the alcohol content of those two things. Plus, the shooter mixed with some gin in my belly. At least it wasn't mixed with any drugs - prescription or otherwise. And there's another thing people don't think about - how the alcohol is going to mix with whatever else they have in their system. Cold medicine, pain killers, etc. and alcohol can really mess a body up.
Then they get in their car and drive home. Or to another bar. Or to a friend's house for after bar cocktails. Woohoo.
So, do the world a favor. Don't drink and then drive. Don't get into a car with someone else who's been drinking and let them drive. If you have to drink, find someone who hasn't been drinking to drive you home. Designate a driver who won't touch a drop during your festivities. Call a cab. Get an Uber or a Lyft. And if you can't do any of those things, don't drink. It is possible to have a fun time without being pickled.
Don't make your fun night turn into a horrible night for you or anyone else.