Let’s be honest, 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 can be impaired, and even when we think we are okay to drive, we may not be.

Oftentimes, it can be difficult to reason with a person under the influence who is insistent they are well enough to drive. Here are a couple of ways 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, make your friend return the favor and 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 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’s 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.

Admittedly this is a tricky one, especially when you have an extremely resistant person on your hands. At the beginning of the night, consider having a “sober agreement” about holding onto their keys.

If things intensify through the night, and you realize someone is incapable of driving, do whatever you can to take their keys, assuring them 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 friend.

We all know that sometimes drinking can make people highly emotional. Trying to take that same person’s keys and refusing to let them drive can result in outright hostility. If this is the case, be sure to have another friend nearby that can help calm them down and ensure they don’t get behind the 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, call 541-241-6657.