How to plan ahead this festive season if you are the designated driver

Avoiding the temptation to drink and drive at upcoming festive parties and social events is crucial for your safety and the safety of others. Here are some strategies to help you make responsible choices:

  1. Plan ahead: Decide before attending an event whether you will be drinking or not. If you plan to drink, make arrangements for a designated driver or alternative transportation in advance.
  2. Alternate non-alcoholic drinks: It’s not necessary to drink alcohol at every social event. Alternate alcoholic beverages with water, soft drinks, or mocktails to stay hydrated and reduce your alcohol intake.
  3. Be aware of standard drink sizes: Understand what constitutes a standard drink to better track how much alcohol you are consuming. Remember that different types of alcohol and serving sizes can vary significantly in alcohol content. Our Unit Calculators can help you understand this better. Reach out to us if you would like a Unit Calculator sending to your business.
  4. Empower a responsible friend: Discuss your intentions and concerns with a trusted friend attending the event. Ask them to support and remind you of your commitment to not drink and drive.
  5. Stay overnight or arrange accommodation: If the event takes place far from your home, consider staying overnight or arranging accommodation nearby. This way, you won’t be tempted to drive under the influence.
  6. Use rideshare or taxi services: Utilise rideshare services or taxis to ensure a safe trip home. Install relevant apps on your phone and have them ready to use when needed.
  7. Offer to be the designated driver: Volunteer to be the designated driver for your group of friends. Not only will this ensure a safe journey home for everyone, but it will also remove the temptation to drink and drive.
  8. Educate yourself: Stay informed about the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving. Familiarise yourself with local laws regarding offenses and the potential impacts on your life, including legal, financial, and emotional consequences.
  9. Be assertive and confident in your decision: Stand firm in your commitment to not drink and drive, even if others pressure you. Remember, your safety and the safety of others are paramount.

By implementing these strategies, you can enjoy social events responsibly, maintain your own well-being, and help create safer communities for everyone.

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