Tips for surviving the long weekend – literally.
Ready for the long weekend? As soon as I have a glass of wine firmly planted in my hand, then I’ll revel in the glorious temps-to-be that the weatherman has promised. Our plans are still up in the air but whether we end up heading up north to the glorious Muskoka region or having a staycation in the city – there will be wine.
In the past year we’ve heard of some horrible tragedies due to drinking and driving – a huge pet peeve of mine (is that putting it mildly enough for you?). Marco Muzzo recently destroyed a family because of his narcissistic need to get behind the wheel after a dozen or so cocktails. But I’ll stop there – we all remember what happened. Why didn’t his ‘friends’ stop him? I’ve been there and it’s a real pickle to be in.
You have friends over, you watch them indulge, you foolishly assume they have a plan to get home that does not involve one of them behind the wheel and then ‘whammo’! They get up to leave and one of them pulls out the car keys.
Here’s another tough one – you’re lying on the dock soaking in the rays and pretending next week will never come. You have to drive home tonight but it’s the long weekend so let’s all make the most of this last glorious day. So you pour a glass of wine, open a beer or mix up a Caesar. Now who’s driving? One leads to two and all of a sudden you feel invincible and the ride home is ‘no sweat’.
How to stop a tragedy
I totally ripped these tips off MADD because I can’t think of any other ways to tackle the issue:
- Be as non-confrontational as possible.
- Suggest alternate ways of getting to their destination — a cab, a sober driver, public transportation.
- Remember that the person you are talking to is impaired — talk a bit more slowly and explain things more fully than if you were speaking to a sober person.
- Explain that you don’t want them to drive because you care and you don’t want them to hurt themselves or others.
- Suggest that they sleep over.
- Enlist a friend to help you or to act as moral support — it’s more difficult to say “no” to two (or three or four) people than one.
- If possible, get the person’s keys. It is far easier to persuade the potential driver when you hold this leverage.
- If all else fails, call law enforcement. It’s better to have a friend arrested than injured or killed.
And here’s a tip of my own. If someone you love just won’t listen – tell them not to be a selfish dick.
Don’t be that dick
What if the person who’s thinking about getting behind the wheel is you? Well first off – I’m already mad at you for considering it but secondly, I have a thought. I know what it’s like to have one too many or to think that ‘just one more’ won’t be a problem – but it is. So instead of completely depriving yourself and watching everyone else around you enjoy the final hours before hitting the road, why not find a better way to indulge?
These delicious and booze free cocktail recipes are great to keep on hand – both for yourself and for guests who expect to drive later. Premium Near Beer was founded two years ago and provides the largest selection of premium non-alcoholic beer, wine, cider and spirits in North America. These are a must have for any party, afternoon BBQ or cottage weekend. You might even find you prefer some of these to your regular poison of choice. For me – it’s also less calories! Click here for more delicious recipes.
Cocktails aside, if you’re having fun and you’re considering just ‘one more’, why not also consider just ‘one more’ night at the cottage or staying over at your hosts. Sure, it’s an inconvenience and maybe you’ll get in shit for showing up to work late but I can think of far greater inconveniences and if you think you feel bad for imposing on your host or showing up to work late, think about how bad you’ll feel if you get behind the wheel.
Have a great long weekend and end it on a high note.