I am taking a different path today on this post.
I love reading Lucy’s blog, “A Hangover Free Life”. She posts about the effects of alcohol on public health in the UK.
I have never gotten a DUI, but I have driven drunk.
According to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD), most people drive drunk at least 80 times before they are “caught”.
We have cut down the rate of drunk driving here, but we have a long way to go.
I found a great site that shows this with graphics, called the “Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility”.
These statistics show we have reduced deaths from drunk driving 36% from 1991 to 2013, but everyday, 28 people still die due to drunk driving crashes in the US.
It doesn’t take much to be over the legal limit for driving. The limit in my state is .08.
It only takes 1 or 2 “standard” drinks for a small women to be at or over the limit.
However, restaurants and bars serve way larger glasses of wine than the standard 5 ounces.
On a site called “B.R.A.D”, there is a chart showing Blood Alcohol concentration (BAC) and drinks.
It would mean a huge change in our way of thinking to stop people from driving drunk.
We need to encourage people to have a sober driver or take a cab home.
We also need to encourage people to see there are other ways to celebrate life without drinking.
I will say this.
I drove drunk many times.
When I was drinking, it was all about the drinking.
I knew I had too much, but I couldn’t stop.
This is still painful to think about, but it is something I must face.
NOT to shame myself, but to remember. To learn.
I am ever so grateful I never hurt anyone, never hurt myself, or destroyed property.