When people are about to hop behind the wheel after a night of drinking, those sober people around them have a golden opportunity to stop an accident from occurring.
By stepping in, right then, they can ensure that the person doesn’t drive. Alcohol makes it hard for people to process information and make good decisions. Asking the person to think over the issue wouldn’t be effective, as the person isn’t thinking clearly in the moment. Instead, it’s best to use statements such as:
- I have called you a cab. Don’t drive today.
- I am worried that you will harm someone while you drink and drive.
- When you drink and drive, I don’t feel as though I am safe in the car.
These are powerful statements that can help the person see how truly dangerous the family feels the drinking and driving truly is, and these statements also allow the person to feel as though the family only wants what is best.
There are also methods of public transport available that would involve the individual who has had too much to drink getting to where he needs to go safely.
For more information check out drinking and driving intervention.