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01-01-08, 10:10 AM
Why do people drive while drunk? It's not only endangering themselves, but also their passangers and other people on the road.

It's utterly irresponsible and dangerous, and yet many do that, why?

francois
01-01-08, 10:15 AM
That's a good question.

Here are a few possible reasons:

- They don't think they are as impaired as they are.
- They've done it before, and therefore, think it's not that bad.
- Too lazy to get a taxi.
- Too drunk the think properly.
- They're scum assholes.

peta9
01-01-08, 10:15 AM
because they are drunk

and don't care if someone dies. that's really what it is.

cosmictraveler
01-01-08, 10:16 AM
They have to get home. Usually those who drink go out allot to different bars and clubs then they drink to much, which they shouldn't do but no one stops them, like the bartenders, then they think they can make it home without any problems. Nowadays those bartenders are becoming liable for giving to much alcohol to customers and are getting sued for allot of money. Another reason is many, many people stop by the bar on the way home from work to get the "happy hour" specials usually 2 for 1. Then they get into their vehicles and think they aren't impaired. There are other reasons that someone else will come up I'm sure.

Enmos
01-01-08, 10:22 AM
Because they don't believe they will cause an accident.

S.A.M.
01-01-08, 10:41 AM
Because they are drunk and stupid

Enmos
01-01-08, 10:43 AM
Because they are drunk and stupid

No, it's just because they are drunk.. ;)

sandy
01-01-08, 11:00 AM
And stupid.

Orleander
01-01-08, 11:07 AM
because they are drunk....

and that's it exactly. Drunks don't have good judgment.

visceral_instinct
01-01-08, 11:21 AM
Because they're idiots.

domesticated om
01-01-08, 12:03 PM
There's people who have a lack of planning and forethought.
They take their vehicles with them, and don't take their predicted level of inebriation into consideration.

There are also people who believe bad things will never happen to them, so they don't take it seriously.

Myles
01-01-08, 12:13 PM
There's people who have a lack of planning and forethought.
They take their vehicles with them, and don't take their predicted level of inebriation into consideration.

There are also people who believe bad things will never happen to them, so they don't take it seriously.

I agree. They are stupid before the event. Stupid and drunk after the event

Enmos
01-01-08, 01:46 PM
And stupid.


Because they're idiots.


I agree. They are stupid before the event. Stupid and drunk after the event

Really ?
So a person that is not stupid would get the go ahead of you people to drive drunk ?

Myles
01-01-08, 02:26 PM
Really ?
So a person that is not stupid would get the go ahead of you people to drive drunk ?

No. A person who was not stupid would not need the go ahead. They would not consider drinking and driving in the first instance

Enmos
01-01-08, 02:28 PM
No. A person who was not stupid would not need the go ahead. They would not consider drinking and driving in the first instance

You realize that stupid and irresponsible are two different things, right ?
Furthermore, a person can be irresponsible about some things but be a very responsible person about many others things..

Anti-Flag
01-01-08, 02:41 PM
See the thing about drink driving is, 30,000 people a year die from drinking, 45,000 people a year die in driving incidents, and yet only a couple thousand people a year die from drinking AND driving.

I'm not taking any chances ;)

Enmos
01-01-08, 02:48 PM
See the thing about drink driving is, 30,000 people a year die from drinking, 45,000 people a year die in driving incidents, and yet only a couple thousand people a year die from drinking AND driving.

I'm not taking any chances

I see, you don't do either then ? ;)
I only don't drink, no one is going to get me out of my car though :D
Well... I'm pretty sure they will eventually be successful.. :(
They should put more research into environmentally responsible fuels..
Heh.. off topic though.

Anti-Flag
01-01-08, 03:20 PM
I see, you don't do either then ?
I only don't drink, no one is going to get me out of my car though

Unfortunately with the state of public transport I couldn't make a living without a car, so if petrol and all the other things we have to pay to run a car continue to rise in price then the government will be paying me to stay at home.:shrug: I'd rather not have to drive though.
Whilst everyone I know is always getting drunk as it's a part of British culture:rolleyes:, I actually almost never drink.

Orleander
01-01-08, 03:23 PM
When I was younger, I drove drunk a lot. It was stupid, but the reason was, I didn't want to get in trouble. :wallbang: If I missed curfew at college, I was in trouble. If I came home late, I was in trouble. If I stayed at a friends, my husband would have been upset.
It was always "No! I have to get home!!"

Crunchy Cat
01-01-08, 03:26 PM
Why do people drive while drunk? It's not only endangering themselves, but also their passangers and other people on the road.

It's utterly irresponsible and dangerous, and yet many do that, why?

Because most people value convenience over safety.

Myles
01-01-08, 04:28 PM
You realize that stupid and irresponsible are two different things, right ?
Furthermore, a person can be irresponsible about some things but be a very responsible person about many others things..

A stupid person is unlikely to have a concept of responsibility

Myles
01-01-08, 04:31 PM
When I was younger, I drove drunk a lot. It was stupid, but the reason was, I didn't want to get in trouble. :wallbang: If I missed curfew at college, I was in trouble. If I came home late, I was in trouble. If I stayed at a friends, my husband would have been upset.
It was always "No! I have to get home!!"

Why didn't you get your husband to pick you up, orcall a cab ?

peta9
01-01-08, 04:39 PM
A stupid person is unlikely to have a concept of responsibility

There are those who know well the consequences to themselves and thus do not engage in "irresponsible" behavior not because they care about the effects on others but themselves. If those "consequences" were moot, they may be "irresponsible" as well.

So, there are those with different motivations for perhaps the same actions or nonactions. something to consider or actually, pretty obvious.

John99
01-01-08, 04:44 PM
When I was younger, I drove drunk a lot. It was stupid, but the reason was, I didn't want to get in trouble. :wallbang: If I missed curfew at college, I was in trouble. If I came home late, I was in trouble. If I stayed at a friends, my husband would have been upset.
It was always "No! I have to get home!!"

Poor excuses. There are people who wake up in prison cells not even realizing they killed someone with their car.

Donnal
01-01-08, 05:20 PM
last year i got drunk and couldnt walk so i drove home everyone told me off
they said why did you drive
i simply said well .....i couldnt bloody well walk

Donnal
01-01-08, 05:21 PM
they gave up trying to explain and i gave up drinking
i was very very sick the next day

Orleander
01-01-08, 06:12 PM
Why didn't you get your husband to pick you up, or call a cab ?

We only had the one vehicle and there was no cab service anywhere near us. And all my friends were usually drunk so they couldn't give me a ride.

Orleander
01-01-08, 06:14 PM
Poor excuses. There are people who wake up in prison cells not even realizing they killed someone with their car.

I know. But when I was young, I made bad choices.

G. F. Schleebenhorst
01-01-08, 06:24 PM
Over here in the UK you will almost definitely lose your driving license if you are caught driving while drunk.

I think a lot of people do it because they think they can handle their drink better than everyone else, or that they just won't get caught.

I think our government takes it to extremes, but I can see their reasoning. I have seen a lot of youtube videos of drunks swerving onto the wrong side of the road and hitting oncoming cars, and other horrible accidents. My friend used to drive all the time when he was drunk, and I have been in cars with people who were driving after drinking all night, and I never thought about it until I got a car of my own.

I am very careful about it myself.

takethewarhome
01-01-08, 07:10 PM
Drunk people like to go places just the same as sober people..

Captain Kremmen
01-01-08, 07:16 PM
See the thing about drink driving is, 30,000 people a year die from drinking, 45,000 people a year die in driving incidents, and yet only a couple thousand people a year die from drinking AND driving.

I'm not taking any chances ;)

That's funny.
Might cause thousands of deaths if people paid attention to it,
but still funny,:)

Absane
01-01-08, 07:18 PM
Why do people drive while drunk? It's not only endangering themselves, but also their passangers and other people on the road.

It's utterly irresponsible and dangerous, and yet many do that, why?

Easily, alcohol impairs judgement. I know that when I drink, I think many stupid ideas are great ideas.

Carcano
01-01-08, 07:26 PM
Not only does alcohol lower your response time and coordination...it also lowers your ethical sensitivity to the consequences.

This is why alcohol is far more destructive than many illegal drugs.

USS Exeter
01-01-08, 07:40 PM
Why do people drive while drunk? It's not only endangering themselves, but also their passangers and other people on the road.

It's utterly irresponsible and dangerous, and yet many do that, why?

Because they are stupid, and they need a ride home.

iceaura
01-01-08, 11:07 PM
The average person caught driving drunk has driven drunk more than 350 times without getting caught.

That's what my co-worker told me he was told in the mandatory lectures that were part of his getting his license back.

Those are pretty good odds, if you have nowhere to sleep except your own bed.

It's a control thing, with a lot of guys. They can handle their booze, as real men can.

Myles
01-01-08, 11:13 PM
There are those who know well the consequences to themselves and thus do not engage in "irresponsible" behavior not because they care about the effects on others but themselves. If those "consequences" were moot, they may be "irresponsible" as well.

So, there are those with different motivations for perhaps the same actions or nonactions. something to consider or actually, pretty obvious.

I can't disagree with that but I still think peole who drink and drive are stupid

Myles
01-01-08, 11:16 PM
Drunk people like to go places just the same as sober people..

It's not about wanting to go places. It's the manner in which one travels.

Myles
01-01-08, 11:19 PM
We only had the one vehicle and there was no cab service anywhere near us. And all my friends were usually drunk so they couldn't give me a ride.

Well then, you should have stayed home and invited friends to a quilting party

shichimenshyo
01-01-08, 11:36 PM
Drunk people like to go places just the same as sober people..

They just like to go places more dangerously :rolleyes:

Bells
01-02-08, 12:00 AM
We only had the one vehicle and there was no cab service anywhere near us. And all my friends were usually drunk so they couldn't give me a ride.

You could have gotten your husband to drop you off and pick you up. My husband used to drop me off and pick me up at the end of the night when I went out with friends and wanted to enjoy a few glasses of wine. I did the same with him as well. When we went out together, one of us would not drink and we would do this in turns. If we both wanted to have a drink, we would catch a cab.

Or, alternatively, have one person in your group of friends as the designated driver for the night and rotate it each time you went out.

There are always alternatives.

Enmos
01-02-08, 11:18 AM
A stupid person is unlikely to have a concept of responsibility

This is probably true but an irresponsible person does not have to be stupid..

domesticated om
01-02-08, 12:50 PM
I agree. They are stupid before the event. Stupid and drunk after the event

BTW - I wouldn't go so far as to call them "stupid". For many people, they need to be "burned by the fire" in order for their understanding to be reinforced.

Myles
01-02-08, 01:28 PM
This is probably true but an irresponsible person does not have to be stupid..

I would say you have to be stupid to behave irresponsibly.

Enmos
01-02-08, 01:28 PM
I would say you have to be stupid to behave irresponsibly.

Not so, probably everyone behaves irresponsibly sometimes.

Myles
01-02-08, 02:19 PM
Not so, probably everyone behaves irresponsibly sometimes.

But nobody acts responsiblyall the time. We all do stupid things and this makes us stupid at the time we act.

Don't forget that deciduous trees shed their leaves because the are deciduous !

Orleander
01-02-08, 06:42 PM
You could have gotten your husband to drop you off and pick you up. My husband used to drop me off and pick me up at the end of the night when I went out with friends and wanted to enjoy a few glasses of wine. I did the same with him as well. When we went out together, one of us would not drink and we would do this in turns. If we both wanted to have a drink, we would catch a cab.

Or, alternatively, have one person in your group of friends as the designated driver for the night and rotate it each time you went out.

There are always alternatives.

I know that now. Again, it was 20+ years ago. I've lived and learned.

Enmos
01-02-08, 06:46 PM
But nobody acts responsiblyall the time. We all do stupid things and this makes us stupid at the time we act.

Don't forget that deciduous trees shed their leaves because the are deciduous !

All of us do stupid things sometimes, but that doesn't mean that all of us are stupid right ?

Hrm.. I heard that before..
Deciduous trees are deciduous because they shed their leaves.. deciduous is just a name..

USS Exeter
01-02-08, 06:50 PM
Now we should start a thread: "Why do people drive when they are high?"

Orleander
01-02-08, 06:51 PM
Hey!! I've never done that!

Enmos
01-02-08, 06:57 PM
Same here :D