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Keeping Yourself In Check With Alcohol Keeps You Safe

By Robin Saunders

No doubt you take steps to keep yourself and those you love safe. When children ride in your car you make sure they’re buckled up, you watch out for your friends, and you don’t hesitate to tell someone you love if something they’re doing is unsafe. However, are you doing everything you can to keep yourself safe whenever you drink?

Adults have the right to enjoy drinking alcohol from time to time, but with this right come some serious responsibility. If you aren’t drinking responsibly, you won’t be able to keep yourself or your loved ones safe. This is a fact that there’s no getting around.

If you don’t take responsibility for your actions while drinking now, you could find yourself accepting responsibility for accidents, injuries, or even deaths caused by your drinking behaviors later on.

You must prepare yourself if you will be drinking. Yes, you should spend time getting ready and making sure you are looking hot for your night, but that’s not the kind of preparation we’re talking about. You need to get things set up so you won’t have the opportunity to make any kind of big mistakes that could end in tragedy.

Take a few minutes to consider all the behaviors that could happen while out drinking and then make a plan to avoid these dangerous situations before you even leave your home. For example, the most dangerous behavior you need to make plans to avoid is driving after you’ve been drinking. While you might think you can drive safely after a few drinks, the reality is that that practice is neither safe nor legal.

To set yourself up to avoid drunk driving and losing your license and potentially your freedom, assign a designated driver or take public transportation for the evening. Leave your car and your keys at home so there is no way you are getting behind the wheel.

You should also encourage your friends to do the same thing. However, the only person you can control is you. If one of your friends asks you to drive their vehicle because they are unable to, refuse to do so, telling them you are impaired as well. You have an obligation to keep yourself safe, even if this makes a friend angry.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you are just too smart to make one of the stupid mistakes that other people routinely make. Remember, these stupid mistakes happen to people that are just as smart as you are, so you are not immune from them happening to you!

Take advantage of the tools that are available to help you keep your drinking behavior in check. It might be a good idea to carry a breathalyzer in your purse if you are going out for the evening, or better yet, keep one in your car all the time. Be sure that you know what the legal alcohol limit is in your area and use the breathalyzer to be sure you are not over the legal limit before you drive your vehicle. This may be a bit of an investment, but the investment will really pay off if you never lose your license because of drinking and driving.

Finally, part of drinking responsibly is honestly assessing whether you have a problem with alcohol. If you are routinely calling for a ride because you drink during the day and can’t drive yourself home or make irresponsible decisions while you are drinking, chances are high that you need to address the problem before it takes over your life.

Authored by Robin Saunders, an accomplished writer that deals with various subjects including alcohol, DUI, alcohol tester etc. The author personally uses Alcohawk, find out why it’s one of the best testers out there.

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Saunders, Robin "Keeping Yourself In Check With Alcohol Keeps You Safe." Keeping Yourself In Check With Alcohol Keeps You Safe. 21 Jun. 2010. 21 Nov 2014 <>.

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