As adults, we are confronted with hundreds of choices each day. Most of time, those choices are made with a clear head, free from the effects of alcohol, and the results work out well. Other times, choices are made after we’ve had a few too many drinks, like whether we are sober enough to drive. Most people don’t make big life choices when they’ve been drinking, they save those decisions for moments of clarity and sobriety. A clear head makes better decisions, has all of the information needed and it all usually works out. Intoxicated choices rarely end well and can quickly result in major consequences that destroy lives, like the choice to drink and drive.
When you drink, your ability to gauge your level of intoxication is impaired. Without a breathalyzer, you cannot know for certain how drunk you are. You may not be stumbling, slurring your words, or sending embarrassing text messages to friends. You’re just relaxed; so relaxed that you’re not aware of just how intoxicated you really are. Then, you have to choose how you’re going to get home while in that state of relaxation. That’s how most people “choose” to drink and drive, and end up in a lot more trouble than if they had just found a safe ride home.
The choices we make can last a lifetime, especially when it comes to drinking and driving. Not only are you looking at a drunk driving conviction, ignition interlock requirement, DUI school or substance abuse evaluations, but, you could permanently affect the lives of others on the road. Instead of waiting until the last moment to choose your way home, make a safe choice and plan ahead before you drink. That feeling of relaxation will only be enhanced with the security of a sober ride home, not regrets over your choice to drink and drive.