Usually when I go out with friends I’m the Designated Driver. I don’t drink and drive at all, but here’s a problem that I’m comfronted with all too often. On Sat Night, I go to a bar with me friends and I drive. We meet other people there and regardless of whether or not their driving, they drink. It might be ok if it’s like 1 beer or something, but that’s beside the point.
Obviously if someone is clearly drunk, I’ll hopefully try to do my best to give them a ride. However, what about the middle ground? Your in a bar for about 3 hours and the person has between 3 and 5 drinks? I realize different people have different tolerance levels, but some people can drink that much and it seems not to effect them 2 much (at least to the naked eye). Is it my problem (morally) if someone decides to approach the fine line between sober and drunk and drive home, and I don’t force them to come with me or at least offer? It’s a clear answer when it’s clear that someone is drunk, but not so clear when they have had their fair share but appear to be sober. Obviously, I don’t want someone to get hurt b/c of a drunk driver, on the other hand i don’t want to get into an unnecessary fight if someone isn’t really drunk. Your thoughts?