We do have a choice
We’re very fortunate to have many choices in our lives. For the most part, we have a choice of where we live, where we want to go to school, where we would like to work, who our friends are, and how we want to spend our lives. When we socialize with our family and friends, we also are fortunate to have choices we can make. Most of these are simple choices but for some reason, there are some people who seem to make it tougher for themselves.
When making choices there are a few things to consider. In each choice, someone makes, imagine how the results of your choices will make you feel, and what the emotional outcomes of your actions will be. Your emotions can play a large part in the choices you make and there are times that peer pressure makes us sway in one direction or another. Try adding the influences of alcohol when your decision-making abilities are not as sharp as they could be.
Some people may think in order to make good decisions you need time to weigh all the pros and cons of each choice in detail, but sometimes a snap judgment may just be as good, if not better.
Consider the choices people make when consuming alcohol is involved. They decide first of all if they are going to consume alcohol at all, then they decide over time how much to consume. Some of the time that’s dictated by how much they want to spend if they are out in public. They even decide how long they will spend consuming alcohol. Many make choices that will keep them and others safe and respected, such as pre-arranging how they will get home that day from their social excursion. Others, not so much.
After consuming alcohol, especially when you are away from home, you have a number of other choices to make. These are the choices of how you’ll be getting home or to your next destination. Some recognize they’ve consumed too much alcohol to drive themselves and have decided to either have a designated driver, taxi and ride-sharing such as Uber. Some people plan for this in advance, but others decide as the day goes on. Very solid choices actually.
Sometimes the choices can be difficult and some individuals become tempted to drive after an evening out socializing, but how would you know if you’re making the proper choice? Simple enough, using an individual breathalyzer from Not Your Child Corp allows you to determine if you are safe and legal to drive, or if you need to make another safer choice by arranging for a ride from a taxi or Uber, or perhaps even calling someone to take you to your next destination.
Some of their breathalyzers make the choices easy to make. They allow you to connect the device to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This allows the mobile app to display your results instantly. This makes the choice of finding an alternative way home much easier. Oh yeah, you can also use the app to call a friend or taxi for a ride. That’s a smart choice.
Whichever personal breathalyzer you choose, it’s definitely a good choice to add to your social experiences. It can become the new normal and you should let 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.