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How do you drive safely when you're drunk and want to go home?

Well first things first: you should not drive at all when you’re drunk- it essentially poses a risk to everyone around you, including yourself. Alcohol causes a number of impairments that lead to car accidents. Even at low blood-alcohol levels, intoxication reduces reaction time and coordination and lowers inhibitions, which can cause drivers to make foolish choices. At higher levels, alcohol causes blurred or double vision and even loss of consciousness. Instead of driving the next time you’re inebriated, here are a few handy tips for you to get around being stuck at the pub, club, or whichever venue you’re currently at.

1. Have a designated driver

Having a mate drive you home is more than likely one of the better options: it’s free, you’re safe, and you can have a couple of drinks. Just make sure your mate is under the limit, and hasn’t had heaps to drink! Never ride with anybody who is intoxicated- even if they say that they’re fine. Set a designated driver in the beginning of the night, and don’t let them give in to being pressured into drinking.  

2. Hail a taxi or an Uber

If you have the cash to spare, calling an Uber or a taxi is one of the better options. You’re able to get home safely, without having to risk being charged with drink driving. 

7. Ride public transportation

It may not be the best option, especially if you’re incredibly intoxicated, but it is an option. Public transportation, whether the metro or the buses, runs quite frequently. Just be sure to check the times in advance- just in case. 

5. Take a few hours to sober up

The only way to sober up is with time- do drink water to keep yourself hydrated (as alcohol dehydrates you), but do stay off the caffeine, as it further dehydrates you. Over time, your blood alcohol level will slowly go down, so hang around someplace safe to bide your time until you sober up.

4. Quit drinking an hour and a half before you leave

Set a designated time to stop drinking alcohol, so you can time yourself to sobriety before you need to drive home. So what you can do is to find out when you will be leaving, and count backwards from there. For example, if you want to leave around midnight, just stop drinking at 10:30, so that you can begin your sobering up process. Essentially, alcohol will stay in your system hours after you’ve finished drinking, so it’s best to always be prepared. 

 

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Tony Mavuu

Tony Mavuu

With a background in Biomedical Science (majoring in Physiology and Microbiological Studies), Tony has brought unprecedented insight into subjects such as health and substance use. Having worked in the medical industry before that focuses on analytical medicine, Tony has vast knowledge about the effects that alcohol and drugs can have on our well-being.