October 6, 2017 at 1:17 pm #156
Can’t abide it. I have taken someone’s keys off them before now at the pub as they were going to drive home and I knew how much they had drunk.
I would have no hesitation reporting someone. An old friend of mine nearly killed himself drink driving, he got the book thrown at him understandably.
I had to cycle to work as I was too pie-eyed the following morning to drive. Vile 3 1/2 mile trek up hills.October 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm #157
I’ve never been drunk in my life and I don’t drink at all now.
I find it quite worrying how dependant some people are on alcohol, ie they’ve had a bad day so will require a bottle of wine to get over it. It’s not a healthy way to be. I know this because I had the same relationship with chocolate! I had a bad day so I deserve this etc. Not good.
Anyway I don’t know why people drink and drive. I don’t know anyone who does now, in Scotland with the lower limit so perhaps that is why. Years ago especially in rural areas, it was common.
I’ve had a bad morning so I’m going to ride my horse to feel better. Proper therapyOctober 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm #158
When my husband was a teenager, he was “warned” by the police for riding a horse while drunk.
I visited a communist country in the late 70s and there if you drank any alcohol when driving and were caught you went to prison, so the young professionals I was with didn’t at all. Made up for it when not driving though.
In a way it would be simpler if there was a 0 limit, then everyone would know simply not to even try to drink and drive.October 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm #159
I only drove drunk once, but in my defence the police told me to do it! We had gone on a run with friends who were motorbikers (this is many years ago by the way)to Whitby and were camping on the Abby Plain. The group were attacked in the tents and the police told us to take the injured to A&E, when we explained that we were drunk, they told us to go anyway and that they weren’t looking for drunk drivers that nightOctober 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm #160
There was a guy near here who was successfully prosecuted for being drunk in charge of a horse and cart (well, drunk is an understatement actually, he was passed out asleep on the cart and the horse was merrily taking them both home). Unfortunately however, nobody had updated the fine from when that was presumably a common offence, so he was fined the princely sum of £5 (as well as court costs).
I don’t really drink so am always the nominated driver, but before I stopped going to the pub much there were certainly a fair few who would think nothing of driving the 1-2miles home down country lanes when they would’ve been over the limit. I think it’s more habit than anything to be honest.
The morning after drink drivers are probably the most dangerous I think, but then again I think more people should be prosecuted for dangerous driving full stop whether under the influence or just completely incompetent.October 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm #161
I know people on both sides of the coin.
My brother will ALWAYS leave his car the morning after the night before regardless of how inconvenient it is (and me and my family have made it clear that we will always pick each other up whatever the time, I have said this to friends, I would rather be woken up at 3am to pick you up than you drink and drive)
I have a decidedly ex friend who thinks it acceptable to drive back to her house from the pub because it is only 10 minutes away.
I used to work at the local rugby club and the sheer amount of people who think it is OK to drink 10 pints in a day and drive home used to make my blood boil, though I wasn’t confident enough to report them as a teenager I wouldn’t hesitate now.
I no longer drink but when I did I NEVER drove on the night or the morning after.October 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm #162
I don’t drink alcohol at all, much to my OH’s delight as he never has to worry about whose driving home but as a teenager I knew many adults who would drink and drive without giving it a second thought but I am glad to say that I now have a 19 year old son who passed his test at 17 and I always make a point of telling him not to think of having a drink and driving. He assures me that him or any of his friends would never think of having even one drink and then driving, it would seem that the culture has completely changed around this subject amonsgt youngsters which can only be a good thing.October 6, 2017 at 1:24 pm #163
If I’m driving- even if it’s only driving home in the morning- I will not have a single drink. Even one drink affects me far too much to consider driving; my inability to resist crisps after a glass of wine is testament to that.
One of the things that scares me the most is the amount of people who think it’s ok to drive jet-lagged or straight off a long flight. It took me more than a week to feel normal enough to drive after my flight back from NZ. So many people get straight off a long haul flight and onto unfamiliar roads in an equally unfamiliar rental car. Scary!October 6, 2017 at 1:25 pm #164
I’ll be honest, I will have one single spirit and mixer and drive, however I won’t have a half pint or wine or anything as they affect me more. I have *touch wood* never had an accident. I’m not saying it’s okay, everyone has their own opinion about it, I just enjoy the taste of it, and I can have one so.. I do. Although I go out probably once a month, maybe twice so not every weekend. I wouldn’t be opposed to a 0 tolerance level. I have a few friends who will always drive home from a night out, and will always offer me a lift, and I will always decline.
I think it’s far more dangerous to drive tired to be honest, I have had to pull over many times previously as I was so tired that my eyes were dropping.October 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm #165
and why is it socially acceptable to encourage a driver to drink…
Me: lemonade thanks.
Colleague, don’t you want something stronger?
Me: no thanks I’m driving
Colleague: you can have one, what do you want?
This annoys me so much. If I’ve said no, stop trying to convince me it’s ok to drink & drive. The particular colleague I’m thinking of, I went to the pub with him and a few others after work, he had 3 large glasses of a very strong, expensive red wine. I assumed he left to catch a train but someone said he was driving home!!!!!
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