Are you a weekend binge drinker? If yes, then you are at risk of drunk driving, which is one of the major factors that cause around 300,000 car crashes in the U.S.
Oftentimes, fatal vehicular accidents caused by drunk driving happens on weekends, specifically at midnight or at 3 a.m. There are still car crashes during the day but not as fatal as the ones at night.
Considering these scenarios, wouldn’t you do your best to avoid being an offender of this misdemeanor? Then read these ways and strategies for you to avoid your first or succeeding DUIs.
1. Choose a driver
If you’re planning to go out to a party, be sure to select a friend, relative, or hire someone to be your personal driver for the night. By doing this, you are saving yourself from drunk driving and the danger of hurting everyone in a fatal car crash.
Moreover, be sure not to let your designated driver have a drink or two, or else it will be all worth nothing.
2. Take a Cab
You might be driving on your own going to the party, yet if you’re totally drunk, then it’s safe if you’ll just call a cab to get home. This is one practical way to avoid being arrested for DUI, which can cost you more than just paying the fines.
3. Take Turns As the Designated Driver (DD)
Let’s face it, not all can hire a personal driver who can safely take you from point A to point B, so your best alternative is to take turns with friends as the designated driver for the night.
It’s never that bad when you just get to sip some fresh juice while watching over your friends have fun with their drinks. What matters most, all of you can safely go back home after the party.
4. Stop Drinking 1 to 1.5 hours before leaving the place
Each one of us metabolizes alcohol in various lengths, so you need to determine how long you recover from being drunk. On average, it’s best if you stop drinking around one to one and a half-hour before the official time you’ll leave the party.
Nevertheless, if you still feel tipsy after 90 minutes from your last drink, then wait another 30 minutes for you to get sober and avoid getting into a car accident.
5. While Waiting, Do Something To Distract Yourself from Drinking
Definitely, you have a targeted time that you’ll leave the party, say at midnight, so you have to stop drinking around 1 to 1.5 hours before that time.
While you’re waiting for the time, your friends or colleagues will tempt you to grab another glass but you’ll have to resist temptation. To help you do that, you can watch a movie on your phone, eat something, or talk a walk outside the venue to get some fresh air.
6. Stay at your friend’s house or in a motel for the night
There might be instances where you’ll binge drink during the occasion. If you get super drunk then you can no longer drive. In that case, you need to crash to your friend’s or sleep for the night in a motel.
This is a much safer option than pushing yourself to drive home, where you might hit someone or crash your car into a store or post. Additionally, never sleep immediately when you’re drunk. You could suffocate from your vomit or worse, suffer from alcohol poisoning.
7. Ride a Bus Going Home
If you are on a budget, then taking public transportation will be perfectly fine. Though it’s not as glamorous as calling a cab or an Uber, it’s still a cost-efficient solution for you to get home – rather than sleep at night in a cell because you’re arrested for DUI.
8. Be Conscious of Your Alcohol Tolerance
Generally speaking, an average person can metabolize one standard drink in one hour. One standard drink means 12 fluid ounces of beer or 5 fluid ounces of wine.
Also, your body weight affects your capacity to digest alcohol, and oftentimes, the heavier you are, the slower it will be. In contrast, it never directly means that thinner people can metabolize alcohol faster since genes and health conditions matter as well.
For instance, a 150-lb woman can take two glasses and still be fine, while a 125-lb woman can feel tipsy after consuming two drinks. Anyhow, men, in general, have a higher alcohol tolerance than women.
9. Always Eat Before Drinking
If we look into a scientific approach, it’s always best to drink on a full stomach since alcohol cannot directly be dissolved into your blood. Technically, there are three ways that alcohol gets dissolved in your bloodstream which causes your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to rise.
- Mouth: A few percentages of the alcohol is absorbed by your body through your mouth and tongue.
- Stomach: As the alcohol reaches your stomach, around 20% of it is absorbed by your system.
- Small intestine: Lastly, approximately 75% to 85% of the remaining alcohol content is absorbed by your small intestines.
When you’ve eaten before drinking, the food particles inside your stomach prevent alcohol from easily being absorbed by the small intestine. It stays longer in your stomach, so it isn’t mixed in your blood.
On average, alcohol reaches your brain in 5 to 10 minutes after it gets dissolved in the bloodstream. In a few moments, its sedative and mood-altering effects kick in, while you’ll slowly lose muscle control.
This loss of control with your muscles and body coordination highly contributes to drunk driving, which leads to severe vehicular accidents on the road.
10. Call A Family Member or Friend To Pick You Up
If you don’t have any cash left to call an Uber or a cab, then you can ask a favor from your family or best friend to pick you up from the party. It might be a slight hassle on their part, but definitely, they would understand considering the risk of drunk driving.
Also, you can ask them that favor beforehand, so that they can also allocate that time to pick you up and drive you home.
Having A Problem With Your Alcohol Drinking Habits? Talk To An Addiction Specialist Today
At first, you were just exploring some drinks and later on, you started drinking every weekend. Gradually your drinking patterns intensified until it’s too late to control them.
If you think you’re suffering from alcohol use disorder, then talk to a doctor or an addiction specialist today. They can give you sound advice on how to effectively and safely recover from alcoholism.