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How To Stop Drinking And Driving

 Drinking and Driving is easy to not do, just don’t do it. Sometimes it gets hard to try and stop someone else from doing it, like our friends. Here’s some tips on how to stop your friends from drinking and driving.

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Lisa M. Najavies PH.D. Associate professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and author of “A Woman’s Addiction Workbook” offers these tips to stop a friend from driving drunk:

  • Be cool and calm. When people are under the influence, their emotional response is heightened, so they’re far more likely to overreact and get defensive if you take an accusatory tone. When talking to them, it’s critical to stay steady, not raise your voice, and maintain eye contact.
  • Come up with plan B. Make it easy for your drunken friend not to drive. Suggest an alternative, rather than just telling them no. Offer them a ride (and a promise to drive them back to pick up their wheels tomorrow) or call a cab.
  • Use delay tactics. If your pal insists they are not drunk and is absolutely fine to drive, then ask them to sit with you — no drink in hand — while you have a cup of coffee. The effect of alcohol diminishes with time, so the longer she can be prevented from getting behind the wheel, the better. And you can use this window to talk her out of driving.
  • Next time, plan ahead. One of the smartest ways to avoid this dilemma is to name a designated driver before you head out. Alternatively, eliminate all temptation to drive drunk by leaving the car at home. Instead, catch a cab, take public transportation, or organize a pickup.

Remember to not drink and drive this year, call a cab, call a friend, spend the night, even call us for help if needed!

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