Alcohol and Commonly Caused
Imagine that you and a few
friends are going out for a drink. That is what One Tree Hill actor
Nathan Scott did one night - he went to drink with friends at a
party. The scene ends with Lucas Scott, Nathan's brother, and Nathan
Scott getting arrested. Because it was a television show, they were
cleared of all charges and nothing bad happened, even though they
were driving with an open container in the car and ended up throwing
the said open container of alcohol at the police. Do you really want
to find yourself in this scenario? If not, keep reading.
Whether you're just buzzed, you have only had a little bit to drink,
or you have had a lot to drink, accidents can happen. Regardless of
whether or not you feel like you're okay to drive, if you've had
alcohol, you are most likely not going to be okay to drive. Commonly
caused alcohol accidents aren't limited to simply driving, either.
Studies have shown that just having alcohol and being intoxicated
can lead to trouble wherever you may be.
Many ads for beer and wine place the line “please drink and drive
It’s time to take their advice. OR, better yet: “Please don’t drink
and drive – at all!” It is not uncommon for someone who is driving
under the influence of alcohol to get arrested. That is a lucky
scenario and just one of the many “accidents” that can happen.
Other accidents that can
happen include crashing into a tree. This is dangerous for everyone
in the car, even if they are wearing their seatbelt – many people
who crash in a car end up dying from this. Other commonly occurring
alcohol-related accidents can be just as fatal. Thousands of alcohol
crashes can and do occur every year.
The alcohol related accidents mentioned above do not include ones
from walking. Imagine just walking down the street to get to your
house. A drunk driver swerves to avoid hitting something else and
hits you instead. This is a classic example. Or imagine walking home
drunk and not noticing an oncoming car.
Being intoxicated is dangerous, and one should take the steps to
avoid it. Remember to limit your drinking, especially in public, or
avoid drinking at all. Always have someone drive you home from a
party, even if you’re only slightly buzzed. Everyone’s level of
tolerance is different, and although you may think you can handle a
higher level of alcohol, you might not be able to.
In closing: Alcohol related accidents are becoming more and more
common. By educating yourself, friends and family on the dangers of
alcohol and knowing when you’ve had too much to drink, you will
protect yourself and your family from alcohol-related harm.
Remember, drink responsibly. Drive responsibly. Don’t do the two
Mathers, Wellington, New Zealand 2010