Parties are where you spend quality time with your friends and family, dancing to the latest tunes, having fun, or simply having elaborate conversations. And, of course, a party wouldn’t be complete without alcohol. So, if you’re invited to one, chances are that there will be drinks, and you would not want to leave without being drunk or at least tipsy.
However, driving back home with alcohol in your system can be a disaster. Not only is it dangerous because there is a possibility of having an accident, but you’ll be breaking the law and might get into trouble with the police. Instead of driving home drunk, consider these options to get home safely:
1. Call a cab, use Uber, or take the bus
It’s easy to find a cab or a bus if it’s not too late at night. You can simply call or search for one after leaving the party. Uber is also a great option because it’s so easy to book one. Getting back by taking one of these means is a great idea because you’re not the one driving.
All you have to do is communicate your address to the driver, and they’ll drive you right back to your home. Having someone else drive is also relaxing because you can spend the time relaxing, looking out the window, and thinking about the awesome time you had at your friend’s place.
2. Ask a friend
If you plan on getting drunk to the point of blacking out, you might as well go home with someone you trust. Friends are amazing, not only because you know them personally but also because they care about your well-being. Asking a friend to make sure that you get home safely after the party is the best thing you can do. They’ll keep an eye on you and make sure that you’re safely inside your home before they leave.
3. Ask someone to drive your car
If you drove to the party, you can ask someone who doesn’t plan on drinking or drinks very little to drive your car on the way back. And, to avoid the temptation of wanting to drive home yourself, you can hand your car keys over to that person. It’s always better to have someone by your side when you’ve planned on drinking so that you are out of harm’s way.
4. Walk home
Walking back home is great if you’re not too drunk or your home isn’t too far away. In addition, it’s great for your health and mind. It gives you the opportunity to appreciate your surroundings and have a chance to introspect. If you want company, you can ask someone to walk back with you. The two of you can then have the opportunity to have long, philosophical, and meaningful discussions on the most complex issues that we humans face.
5. Drink little or give yourself time to sober up before leaving
If you don’t have any other means of getting home apart from driving back yourself, you should avoid drinking or drink very little if you wish to have alcohol. This will keep you sober enough behind the wheel, which is important to ensure that you’re cautious and know what you’re doing.
You can also drink early on in during the party so that by the time you leave, most of the alcohol has metabolized. Always remember that you need to act responsibly. Your life and that of others will be in your hands at that moment, and so you need to think rationally.
6. Stay hydrated and eat before drinking
Having a full stomach before you drink helps to slow down the absorption of alcohol into the blood. This is because while digestion is taking place, the pyloric sphincter that separates the stomach from the small intestine is closed.
This reduces the chance for alcohol to reach the small intestine, where it is absorbed the most. Staying hydrated is another important way to flush alcohol out of your system. Plus, alcohol is a dehydrator as it makes you urinate more. You need to replace the water lost by drinking more.
7. Ask the police for a ride
This might not be something you would personally prefer doing, but when you have no other option to get home, you might as well as the police for assistance. Law enforcement exists to help citizens, and what better occasion to ask for help than when you’re drunk?
What’s more, the police might actually consider the act noble since you won’t be breaking the law, and you’d actually be considering your and other people’s safety. So, there is no reason to feel embarrassed about this. Instead, consider this as an act of prudence on your part.
8. If you have no other option, sleepover at your friend’s house
Sometimes, due to an unfortunate situation, you cannot get back home. If that’s the case, you can ask your host to let you sleep over. Most people are kind enough and offer you their hospitality when you need it. This way, you’ll have a chance to detoxify before heading back to your place. It’s better to stay back than to get stuck in an unpleasant scenario just because you were too drunk to get back without causing trouble.
It’s not always easy to plan your night out in advance, and sometimes, prior plans might be disrupted or changed due to unexpected circumstances. It is for this reason that you should always have multiple options so that if one doesn’t work, you can try out the others.
Getting back home safely after you’ve had a lot to drink is tricky, and you need to be prepared. Luckily, we all have friends or acquaintances willing to help us out in our time of need. However, we need to remember that we are responsible for our actions, and with drinking comes the necessity of managing our behavior so that we aren’t a threat to ourselves or others.
I am a passionate beer connoisseur with a deep appreciation for the art and science of brewing. With years of experience tasting and evaluating various beers, I love to share my opinions and insights with others and I am always eager to engage in lively discussions about my favorite beverage.