While it can be fun to go to a bar and drink with friends or to enjoy a few glasses of wine at a friend’s house, responsibility is the key. If you are someone who likes to enjoy a few drinks with friends on occasion, there are several things you should remember.

  • If you know you are going to be drinking, make arrangements to either stay at the person’s house overnight or have someone, who has not been drinking, drive you home. Even just two or three drinks can seriously impair your driving abilities. Plus, even if you only plan to have one or two drinks, you may end up drinking more than anticipated.
  • If you must drive, drink responsibly. This means limiting the amount you drink. Eating before you drink can also help, as your body will not absorb as much alcohol. Do not, though, use food as an excuse to drink more. If you are spending several hours at a gathering, drinking at the beginning of the activity (and limiting the amount you drink) can help your body better absorb the alcohol before you leave. Even if you plan to drive yourself, have a back-up plan if you are going to be drinking at all.
  • According to data from MADD, in 2014, 43.7 percent of traffic fatalities in South Carolina involved a drunk driver. Although that was down 3.7 percent from the previous year, there are still hundreds of people dying in our state each year because of drunk drivers.
  • Only time can sober a person. Do not assume you are safe to drive after taking a cold shower, drinking coffee, exercising, or doing something else which has been rumored to sober you up faster. These activities may make you think you are more alert, but you will not be able to drive safer.

Unfortunately, some people choose to continue to drive even after they have drank too much. If you or a family member was injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, contact us. A qualified accident attorney will discuss the specifics of your case with you.

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