Alcohol consumption is a common part of social gatherings and get-togethers. Additionally, there is nothing wrong with enjoying an alcoholic beverage now and again, provided you do so responsibly.
In addition to drinking in moderation, you must also do all you can to avoid driving under the influence. Along with the serious harm you could cause yourself and others, you can also face significant legal issues if convicted. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to avoid issues and keep yourself safe.
Designate a sober driver
A sober driver will ensure you and your friends can travel safely if you plan on drinking. You can also switch sober-driving duties to ensure everyone can enjoy themselves equally when you spend time with friends. However, it is imperative that the designated driver remain sober for the entire night, or your personal safety could be in jeopardy.
Schedule a taxi or ride-share service
Taxis and ride-share apps ensure you have a safe, secure way to get home after you have been drinking. Many businesses even allow you to schedule a ride in advance, so you can rest assured that you will have a safe way home at night. When going out in a group, encourage your friends to also use taxis or ride-share services.
Stop your friends from drunk driving
If you know a friend or loved one is drunk and plans on driving home, try to take their keys and offer them a place to stay until morning. If they are not willing to listen to you, consider enlisting other friends and family members to convince them otherwise. The minor inconvenience of staying over or picking up your vehicle in the morning cannot rival what will occur if involved in a drunk driving accident.
Also, never get into a vehicle with a person who has been drinking. Use one of the above methods to find a safe way home, or call a friend or family member to pick you up from wherever you are.