Regardless Of The Reason…
Growing up, my dad always said that if you didn’t have a good reason to do something, don’t do it. Pretty valuable statement if you ask me. It seemed to help me analyze what my options were before doing something. When it comes to consuming alcohol, do you have a reason to drink, or do you drink just because it’s there?
Let’s remember that alcohol slows down the central nervous system (CNS), and that causes someone to feel more relaxed after drinking. This may be one of the reasons why some people consume alcohol. It can be a means to help them deal with stress, anxiety, or any other emotions which came up in their life that may be unpleasant. Alcohol is a way for some people to separate themselves from a variety of negatives in their lives.
For example, some people who go through difficult times may find it easier for them to cope if they consume alcohol, as it may help temporarily reduce anxiety even though it will not be effective for them in the long term. For example, a divorce or a breakup can be emotionally difficult for many people to cope with and alcohol may seem like a way for some people to cope with these types of negative emotions.
There may be some people who consume alcohol because, due to alcohol’s effects to slow down the central nervous system, they feel it will help them to enjoy themselves. They may consider themselves to be a social drinker since they typically only drink socially, such as at social events, birthday parties, restaurants, and holidays. Alcohol can help make people feel a little more relaxed and happier than they would feel otherwise.
Being social drinkers, they may enjoy a glass of wine or a beer while out with friends or during other social activities. Drinking alcohol in this manner will not usually disrupt their lives and it won’t cause any personal or major health problems long-term. Although consuming alcohol can boost some people’s experiences, it can be harmful to them if they drink excessively.
Regardless of the reason, it often becomes a planned activity. Yes, it may be decided within a short period of time that you will consume alcohol, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you should be driving after consuming alcohol. Having an additional plan in place can allow you to consume alcohol at your pace and enjoy it…safely.
This is where Not Your Child Corp comes in. Their single-use and individual breathalyzers are available to help everyone make the decision about whether they should be driving or not more realistic and has no guesswork. Even if you are a social drinker, they are an excellent resource to help to keep you, your passengers, and other road users safe and legal on the road.
Having these breathalyzers on hand so it becomes convenient for you when a social event pops up or if you feel like having a drink because of your current emotional state is a no-brainer. The breathalyzers should be normalized in your life. That would be reason enough to always have one with you, wouldn’t it?
Scott Marshall has spent over 30 years promoting road safety in many jurisdictions. He has been a road safety journalist since 2005. Scott was also an on-air judge on the Discovery Network’s Canada’s Worst Driver during their first 3 seasons on the air. Not YourChildCorp. is proud to have Scott @Safedriver as a frequent contributor, his insights are irreplaceable.