I don't mean to sound preachy here, I'm just rambling about a difference of opinion I seem to have with some people.
If I know I'm going to have a drink, I plan not to drive.
(I don't like having even a drink with dinner and then driving, but I know I'm being extra sensitive in this case.)
I'm very lucky in that I live near enough downtown that I can walk places, but in the times I'm going somewhere where I can't walk home? I either don't drink or I don't drive.
I don't understand the acquaintances I have who have a few drinks and then offer to drive me home.
I mean, I understand the offer to drive me home, it's very kind, but I don't understand why you're driving.
I guess people think they know their limits, but that's the problem with drinking. You *think* you know things, when really, you're impaired.
You think you need to speak loudly, you think everything you have to say is funny/important/interesting. And when it comes time to leave, you think you're ok to drive.
And I'm not talking "I had a glass of wine with dinner three hours ago", I'm talking, we've had two or three drinks over the last few hours and I feel fine. Plus, my car's just parked across the street so why would I take a cab?
I know a girl who knows a girl who was the designated driver at a Christmas staff party.
She was pulled over, with a car load of her co-workers and found to be over the legal limit.
This is not a designated driver!
Again, I'm lucky that I can walk home from downtown. But it's also true that in this town a taxi never really costs more than $15 or $20 and most of them will take debit if you don't have any cash on you.
I guess I think these decisions should be made *before* the alcohol is consumed and I guess I think it's better to be on the overly-cautious side when it comes down to it.
We all think we're ok to drive after a few drinks, but driving is such an overwhelmingly large amount of processing and decision making and relying on split second timing and that's when things are going well.
I don't think drinking mixes with driving, and it always baffles me somewhat when I find I'm in the minority.