It’s Christmas season once again and everywhere you go there are parties happening. There are foods and boozes served on the table and cars parked on the parking lot. These only mean someone will go home drunk or worst, get into hospital with broken bones.
How to save yourself after the party
In every party, the guests can’t say no to alcohol for two reasons: a) having friends who know how to “influence”, and b) having low tolerance. In a Filipino party, it’s a tradition to serve alcohol to your guests. That’s actually one of the things we inherited from our old folks. And it’s a downer if you don’t join the “party people.” You can refuse but you’ll be called “KJ” a.k.a “Killjoy”.
Admittedly, Filipinos are known for being the 3rd heaviest drinkers in the world. This is according to the study of Maritona Victa Labajo (2010), and was supported by some articles including Philippine Star’s infographic on the drinking habits of people (2014). Additionally, Labajo said, 38.9% of Filipinos are occasional alcohol drinkers, 11.1% are regular drinkers (13% males and 5.9% females) while 4.8% are heavy drinkers (6.6% males and 1.3% females). That’s kind of too small. Maybe it’s bigger now in 2016. (Pardon the lack of research).
Considering all these information, it’s not really new when legislators propose an ordinance on driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As written in the Republic Act No. 10586 or “Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013:” It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs and/or other similar substances.
In that case, you need to know what to do in order to avoid grave danger. So I list down some of the things that might help you if ever you’re in DUI state.
How to avoid DUI – Driving under the Influence
In order to get home safe from a party with a lot of served alcohol, you need to remember these tips;
- Bring a plus one
Bring someone with you when you go to a party, especially someone who knows how to drive but doesn’t drink because of an allergy (poor dude) or whatever. He will be your instant chauffeur.
- Tell your friends it’s a sin
Make an alibi if you really don’t have a choice. Tell your friends it’s illegal in your religion (but this will only apply to those people who are not Roman Catholic, which in truth are the majority of who the Filipinos are). Or tell your friends you have an allergy. Make an alibi that can pass as true.
- Rent a grab car
Grab Cars are everywhere nowadays. If you’re in party and you can’t manage driving, you can rent a car and leave yours in the company/house of your host. Ask your friend to get you a cab if you can’t read your phone due to too much dizziness.
- Know your limit
According to www.dmv.org, the average legal limit of alcohol for a licensed driver is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). That’s too slim. So probably, you just need to drink one (1) bottle of alcohol. But if you’re a heavy drinker, you can try at least three (3) bottles.
- Rent the nearest hotel room
If you really can’t go home because it’s really late and a grab car is out of coverage area, go to the nearest hotel and spend the night there. Ask a sober friend to help you.
We can’t avoid danger if it’s our time to go. Most people use that excuse to do whatever they want. But the truth is, it’s not always about you. There are also people who might unknowingly become part of your misfortune. So I guess, we just have to be mindful of our environment and of the people around us.
The bottom line is, don’t take chances when you’re under the influence of anything, be it alcohol or drugs. More than anything, yours and others’ life are the most important thing. If they call you KJ when you refuse to take part in their trip, so what? Safety must come first.