Friends hanging out

Friends hanging out

It can be challenging keeping a friend, family member or co-worker from making a decision like drinking and driving. After a couple of drinks, judgement is impaired, allowing someone to think that they are okay to drive.

Oftentimes, it can be difficult to reason with a person under the influence who is persistent that they are well enough to drive. Here are a couple of ways that you can try to protect your loved ones:

  1. Volunteer to be the Designated Driver

While this isn’t always the most exciting job, it is the most responsible. By offering to be the DD for a friend, you are assuring their safety as well as your own. Ask the bartender if they could whip up a delicious non-boozy cocktail so you don’t feel like you’re missing out on all the fun. Next weekend, perhaps your friend could agree to be your designated driver!

  1. Pay for a Cab

If you have a friend over that gets too drunk, or you are out and about and see someone about to make a bad decision, offer to pay for their cab. While they might be angry about it in the moment, they will definitely thank you in the morning.

  1. Invite them to Stay the Night

If you host a house or dinner party, and see that a guest is particularly intoxicated, invite them to stay on your couch or in a spare bedroom. It is much better to have someone stay at your house than leaving your house and get in an accident or get charged with a DUII.

  1. Take Away Their Keys

This is a tricky one, especially when you have an extremely resistant person on your hands. Perhaps at the beginning of the night, you can have a sober agreement about holding onto their keys.

If things intensify through the night, and you are realizing that someone is incapable of driving, do whatever you can to take their keys, assuring them that you care about them and don’t want them to get behind the wheel. Again, they will thank you later.

  1. Get Help from Another Friends

An intoxicated person can become highly emotional, resulting in absolute hostility if you refuse to let them drive. If this is the case, be sure to have another friend nearby that can help calm them down and ensure that they cannot get behind a wheel.

Everyone is in charge of making their own choices, but by offering to help a friend, you are saving them trouble, money and perhaps even their life or someone else’s. If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUII, please call 541-241-6657 or visit