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Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk

Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk

All too often, we hear of someone who has been injured or killed because they have either been drunk behind the wheel, or they have been in an accident with a drunk driver. Drinking and driving is a leading cause of death in the United States, especially with young people who have not yet learned how to drink responsibly. But, you can help to cut down on the number of drinking and driving incidents, simply by being a good friend. Here are some things you can do.

1. Be Assertive

Sometimes, you just have to come out and ask someone if they really are okay to drive. Often, people will tell you that they are, but other times, they will sit back and take a look at the situation and see that they indeed are too drunk to drive. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends if they are okay to drive.

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2. Get Friends Together

If you can’t talk your friend out of drinking and driving, it is time to gang up on them. Gather other friends together, and get them to help convince your friend that they really are too drunk to drive.

3. Keep Them Drinking

While this may sound strange, if you keep buying drinks, they will stick around long enough for the cab or other ride you have called to arrive. Then, all you have to do is tell them that their ride is there, and they will get home safely without any arguments (most of the time).

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4. Plan For Transportation

If you are hosting a party, plan to have transportation for all of your guests. Let them know in advance, and they can take a taxi, bus, etc. to your place rather than driving. Then, there will be no temptation for them, and they will definitely make it home alive and well.

5. Take Their Keys

“There are times when a person who has been drinking just isn’t going to listen, and will insist that they are sober enough to drive. Take it from me, they are in no place to reason their way out of a DUI,” says Grant Scheiner from the Scheiner Law Group. You know better, and you don’t want anything to happen to them or to anyone else. In cases where someone is being this stubborn, sometimes your only option is to take away their car keys. Often, you can trick them into handing over their keys, simply by asking to borrow their car to go on a beer or pizza run.

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6. Be A Designated Driver

If you are not planning on drinking, you can offer to be a designated driver for everyone you are out with who is. Everyone can have a great time and drink as much as they want, and you will make sure that they all make it home safe and sound.

7. Call Them A Cab

There is usually that one person who drinks way too much at a party, and then proceeds to drive everyone crazy. This is when it is time for them to leave. Instead of letting them drive, make sure that they get home safely by calling a taxi for them. If they don’t have money for a cab, pay for it yourself. It is a small price to pay to keep your friends alive.

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8. Let Them Sleep Over

One of the absolute best ways to keep your friends from drinking and driving is to offer them a place to sleep it off for the night. Let them crash at your place so they can sober up before they drive home. If they argue, offer an incentive, such as a tasty meal that they will want to stay to enjoy.

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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