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🙃🤣😣 Drunk driving is foolish, dangerous, illegal, and it can ruin your life forever—all while putting innocent lives at risk. Fortunately, drunk driving on New Year’s Eve is absolutely unnecessary. Between cabs, public transit, rideshare services, and social support, there’s no good reason for you to ever get behind the wheel of a car when you’re intoxicated. While New Year’s Eve may provide you with an opportunity to have a lot of fun with your friends, you should take every preventive measure possible on the big night to remain safe while you’re drinking.
Method 1Method 1 of 2:Taking Simple Precautions
- 1Ride public transit or order a cab to get to the party or bar. Search online or pick up a public transit map to figure out what buses and trains can get you where you need to go. If public transit isn’t available where you live, call a cab or use a rideshare service to get home at the end of the night. Leave your car keys at home when you leave your house to ensure that you don’t have a way of getting into your car if you feel the impulse to drive.XResearch source
- Some cities offer free or discounted prices on public transit services on the night of New Year’s Eve. You may save a nice chunk of money by taking the bus or train!
🙃🤣😣 Tip: If you’re going to take a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft, make sure that your credit card information is updated before you go out. You don’t want to have to reenter your credit card information when you’re intoxicated.
- 2Select a responsible friend to be a designated driver. A designated driver is someone that will agree to stay sober over the course of a night and drive everyone home once the party is over. Ask your friend group if anyone is willing to accept the responsibility of being the designated driver, and stick with a plan for when you and your friends are going to leave together.XResearch source
- If your designated driver decides to have more than 1 drink over the course of the night, abandon your plans with them. It’s not worth it to take a risk, even if you think they’re not intoxicated.
🙃🤣😣 Tip: If you’re having trouble convincing a friend to drive you around, offer to do it for them in the future. Even if they don’t agree to your terms, they’ll appreciate your offer.
- 3Have friends over to your place for the holiday. You won’t need to drink and drive if you’re already home. Besides, throwing a party can be fun! Buy a couple cases of beer, order some pizzas, and invite a bunch of your friends over to your place for the holiday.
- If you want to throw a good New Year’s Eve party, make sure that you purchase decorations related to the holiday. Plastic hats, streamers, and poppers are all big hits at New Year’s Eve parties.
- No New Year’s Eve party is complete without a champagne toast! Don’t forget the bubbly when you go shopping for your party.
- Make sure that your friends aren’t driving drunk by asking them about how they plan on getting home ahead of time.
- 4Tell your friends to take your keys from you if you get drunk. Before the festivities get started, explain to your friends that you’re trying to avoid drinking and driving. Ask them to take your keys from you if you have more than 1-2 alcoholic drinks over the course of the night, regardless of how annoyed you may become when they try to do it.XResearch source
- Be willing to accept that you may not like what your friends are doing if they do try to take your keys. Remember, your friends are only trying to keep you from making a mistake, and you can’t be mad at them for that.
- You can also ask a bartender to hold on to your keys if you’re drinking at a bar or restaurant. Most bartenders will be more than happy to keep your keys stashed behind the bar for the night.
- 5Attend a party where you know there won’t be alcohol. There’s no reason that you can’t have fun and socialize with your friends at a party without alcohol. Grab a seltzer with lime and chat it up with your friends. After you get engaged in some good conversation, you won’t even think about alcohol after you start having fun.
- If you have any friends that don’t drink, ask to hang out with them on New Year’s Eve. They’ll probably be doing something that doesn’t involve going to a party where alcohol will be present.
- 6Go out to a party or bar that’s in walking distance. You can avoid drinking and driving by staying within walking distance of your home. This will remove the possibility of drunk driving entirely by making sure that there isn’t any reason to get in your car. Ask your friends to attend a New Year’s Eve event at a bar or friend’s house that is within a few blocks of your home, and don’t take your car keys with you when you go out.
- 7Stay home to completely remove the temptation to drive drunk. If you think that there’s absolutely no way for you to resist the urge to drink and drive, stay home. If you want a drink, you can drink in the safety of your own home without the need to go anywhere else.
🙃🤣😣 Tip: Hide your keys from yourself by asking a friend or family member to stash them somewhere in your house where you won’t find them. You can even leave them with a neighbor and tell them to not give them back until the next day.Advertisement
Method 2Method 2 of 2:Moderating Your Alcohol and Impulses
- 1Don’t get drunk if you plan on driving. If driving is totally unavoidable, don’t have more than 1-2 alcoholic drinks over the course of an entire night. Since alcohol is a diuretic, you’ll become dehydrated if you only drink alcohol. Drink a full glass of water in between alcoholic drinks to ensure that your body stays healthy and your mind stays alert.XTrustworthy SourceMayo ClinicEducational website from one of the world's leading hospitalsGo to source
- Never drink on an empty stomach. The lack of food will increase the effects of the alcohol and likely make you nauseous or dizzy.
- Your body processes different types of alcohol differently. Don’t mix beer, wine, and spirits with one another.
- It takes between 30-60 minutes to feel the full effect of an alcoholic drink. Wait for at least 1 hour after finishing your last drink before driving to ensure that you aren’t under the influence.
- 2Remind yourself of the consequences of drunk driving. Drunk driving is unbelievably dangerous. You can kill or injure people, including yourself. If you’re caught, you’ll be charged with a felony and have to pay fines. You could end up serving jail time as well. Remind yourself that drunk driving is never worth it by saying it out loud to yourself repeatedly over the course of the night. If you’re tempted, remind yourself about all of things that can go wrong if you drive drunk.XResearch source
- 3Announce your plan to avoid driving before the night begins. Tell your friends that you aren’t going to drive at the beginning of the night. Ask a close friend to remind you as the night goes on to keep it fresh in your mind that you’ve made the decision to stay away from your car. Letting everyone else know your intentions will keep you accountable, since you’ll have to stick to your word to keep your friends from thinking poorly of you.XResearch source
- 4Seek help if you think you have a problem with alcohol. There are behavioral treatments, medications, and support groups that are designed to help people with their alcohol-related issues. If you think you may have a problem with alcohol, seek help. Talk to a close friend or family member and tell them that you want help with your drinking. Schedule a doctor’s appointment with your primary care physician and ask them what they think the best step is. They will help you come up with a treatment plan.XResearch source
- People that seek treatment can reduce their drinking and lower their risk for long term problems, even if they don’t stop drinking completely.
- It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to solve a problem with alcohol on your own. There’s no shame in seeking out help from friends and family.