Responsible Choices: 6 Alternatives to Driving Under the Influence

driving under the influenceWe all love to have fun at a moms’ night out or date night, but if you’re drinking heavily — driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol poses serious risks to yourself and others on the road. Making responsible choices is crucial to ensuring everyone’s safety. Read on as we explore various alternatives to getting behind the wheel after consuming substances that impair your judgment and coordination.

Try a Ride-Sharing Service: Uber, Lyft, and Taxis

One of the easiest and most accessible alternatives is to call a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft, or opt for a traditional taxi. These services are readily available in most urban areas and provide a convenient and safe way to get home without having to drive.

Have a Designated Driver

Planning ahead is key. If you’re going out with a group, appoint a designated driver who commits to staying sober for the evening. This responsible friend ensures that everyone gets home safely without risking the dangers of impaired driving.

Stay the Night

If you know you’ll be consuming alcohol or drugs, consider staying overnight at the location. Whether it’s a friend’s house or a hotel, avoiding the need to drive altogether is a foolproof way to keep the roads safe.

Drink at Home

Hosting a gathering at home can be a great alternative. By drinking at home, you eliminate the need to travel, reducing the risk of impaired driving. Enjoy a responsible evening in a familiar environment with friends or family. Encourage your friends or family to also have a plan to spend the night with you so they don’t need to travel home either.

Drink Within Walking Distance

If you’re planning a night out, choose a location within walking distance of your home. Having the plan to walk home allows you the opportunity to enjoy your time without worrying about transportation. Walking home not only reduces the risk of accidents but also provides some physical activity.

Try Booze-Free Bars and Events

Explore the growing trend of booze-free bars or events. These venues offer a social atmosphere without the presence of alcohol. Enjoying your evening without the influence of substances ensures a clear mind and a safe journey home. Check out non-alcoholic beer, non-alcoholic wine, zero-proof spirits, teas, and kava at WildCrafters in Riverside or WildCrafters Jax Beach.

READ: I Tried Non-Alcoholic Social Tonics and Ranked Them From ‘Just Juice’ to ‘Suspiciously Legal’

Making the conscious decision not to drive under the influence is a commitment to personal safety and the well-being of others. With numerous alternatives available, there’s no excuse for risking lives by getting behind the wheel impaired. Whether it’s relying on ride-sharing services, having a designated driver, staying the night, drinking at home, choosing a walking-distance venue, or exploring booze-free options, responsible choices make a significant impact on road safety. Together we can prioritize making memories over taking risks and contribute to creating a safer and more responsible community.

Maya is a full-time SAHM who squeezes in part-time work as a Local Childcare Consultant for an au pair agency.  She was born in Ohio but has spent most of her childhood and adult life in Florida. She is André's devoted wife and mother to Audrey, Mason and her fur baby, Egyptian Mau cat named Midnight. Maya earned an A.S. in Culinary Dietetic Technician and a B.A.S in Supervision and Management from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Her professional background is in management and most recently she managed a skilled nursing facility food service department staff of 15.  Maya has a long-time love affair with food and is happiest when she is in the kitchen preparing fresh, homemade meals for her family, utilizing her numerous gadgets and food preparation-specialty items. She also is an aspiring business owner but hasn't figured out what she wants to do 'when she grows up' yet.  In her spare time, she loves painting rocks, coloring using colored pencils,  yoga,  listening to podcasts or audiobooks,  and online shopping. You can follow her at Instagram @5spicechef, and Facebook @5spicechef.

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