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Be Honest-Have You Ever Driven Drunk?

#1
Reading that other thread got me thinking....has anybody ever done it before? Either by accident or on purpose? It's a stupid thing and I believe anybody who does it is an asshole...but I can be an asshole sometimes, as much as I hate to admit it.

The only time I've driven drunk was when I drank a Manhattan and stupidly decided to leave the bar before it fully wore off. I wasn't drunk enough to start swerving, and I was at least able to drive with SOME cognition, but I didn't take it all that seriously when I was driving home. Only a few hours later did I start to realize how stupid I was that night.
 
Dec 10, 2018
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#5
I drank/smoked weed and drove back home, but my house was only 10 minutes away and I was mostly on the highway. I probably should of just stayed at my friend's, but I truly didn't felt drunk or high
 
Dec 8, 2018
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#6
Not proud of it , but I did once in 2009, thankfully I was 5 minutes away from home, but it was bad, I was super drunk (being a dumb teenager), but I drove super slow and thank God there was not much traffic on that road that day.
 
Oct 29, 2017
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#8
I've never has an ounce of alcohol and drank. Seen a lot of people eat the extra insurance cost and NJP in the Navy for it.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#14
I drove really tipsy before and was disgusted with myself after. I was younger and it was before I lived in a major city. Now with ride-sharing and public transit there is literally no excuse.
 
Nov 30, 2017
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#16
I haven't, but I know dozens of people who have and have been in the car with drunk drivers. It's an unpleasant experience to say the least. I've driven stoned several times however, always at night, and I was hyper-aware of my driving. Absolutely fucking hated it every time. My friends love to drive high though, I'll admit, I don't get it but it hasn't impaired their driving from where I was sitting so, c'est la vie.

Driving stoned isn't really so much of a big deal when you consider how prescription medications tell you not to drive if you take them. I took anxiety meds that told me not to drive but uh, I had to get to work somehow so that wasn't an option. Didn't make a single difference in my driving ability but when you consider how many Americans are on pain meds and still need to get around? That's a scary thought. I'd wager 1-in-every-5 cars has someone impaired behind the wheel.
 
Dec 28, 2018
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#18
I don't drive.
I did however ride a bicycle while drunk and fell on the same leg I had injured a few days prior while skating.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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#19
Where I grew up, it was very common. Before Uber, no real taxis around, terrible public transportation. Even in a country where the laws are very strict, anything over 0.0 is an arrest, I still see it, but nowhere near as often. I fully support crazy strong laws against it. To answer the question, yes. A long time ago
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#24
I did once when I was much younger, and it was one the last times I ever drank alcohol. I was at a house party drowning my depression in liquor, and something bad happened where cops got involved and told everyone to leave. I tried to catch a ride with someone, tried to call a cab (this was pre-Uber), and no luck. I drove twenty minutes back home while still buzzed, but thankfully it was in a pretty remote area at 2 am. Never did it again after that.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#25
No I don’t think so.

Obviously like nearly anyone I’ve had some drinks and later driven but never drunk or even remotely tipsy or in any way affected by it.

The feeling of alcohol hits me and then goes away ridiculously quickly. After that point if I chase it with more alcohol I’m either getting sick or I’m spending the rest of the night peeing every 4 seconds and I’m definitely not fucking driving like that.
 
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Andrew Korenchkin
Oct 28, 2017
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#27
Everyone has had a drink at dinner and then driven home. Congrats, you were technically drunk.
I'm not sure much was in that Manhattan. I limit myself to one drink almost always. Maybe I wasn't as drunk as I thought. But I tend to magnify everything I do wrong, so I'm probably not the most objective person when viewing myself.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#28
Everyone has had a drink at dinner and then driven home. Congrats, you were technically drunk.
This basically. They say "one hour for every drink" is the rule for it to wear off but I've definitely had 2-3 beers over the course of 90 minutes during dinner and driven home just fine.

That's not at all how it works
I don't get this response. Are we only taking OP's question as "completely plastered"? Because it's easy as fuck to blow a .08 and not even feel like you're drunk. The laws are strict for a reason.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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#29
I like to think not.

My friends and I went to another friend's cottage, and drove to a lake where there was a floating dock. We took beers out there and had some, waited a while and then they had me drive to the beer store. I drove fine, and don't know if I was over the limit. I like to think not and assume not. I'm ashamed of it though, regardless. They had drank more than me, but I worry I didn't give it enough time.

I've never driven after more than 2 beers within a couple of hours since.

My one friend used to gloat about how he drove home drunk and drove past cops who didn't notice. Another friend used to drive with a beer when we were teens and we were going to pick people up. His brother drove us around while drinking near Ottawa. I've had people I know well also say that they used to after partying, and just took backroads. But I'm not that type of person.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#31
Nope. Closest I’ve ever got would be when my vision was extremely blurry and I straight up couldn’t see on the edges of my peripheral vision, and I drove to the grocery store anyways.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#33
Considering that everyone's definition of "drunk" varies wildly, the question is open to a variety of interpretations.

Like, there's people who don't think they are drunk unless they are falling down or slurring constantly.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#34
When I drank regularly I would drive after a couple beers out at dinner.

Only drove totally drunk as a skunk once in my early 20s. Me and my friends were in the country and luckily there were no other cars around.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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#35
With alcohol in my system? Yes lots of times, though now I don't even do that anymore because why risk it.

Legit drunk? Only once, and it was because it was literally only a block to my friend's house. I've always been self-aware enough to know when I am past my limit of being comfortable enough to drive home and never was the guy to fight for his keys, but this was the only time I broke that rule and even then wasn't proud of it.
 
Nov 1, 2017
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#36
One time, and despite it being 3 am down a rural road and meeting no cars I was so horrified the next day and have never put myself in position to do it again.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#38
It's more than twenty years ago, so I guess it's safe to confess. Yep, I drove while being over the limit several times in my youth.
The last time this happened, I was REALLY drunk. I can remember every single minute of this, so it wasn't a blackout, but after that I was so thankful that I didn't kill my passengers or any other innocent person that I swore that I would never again touch my car with a single drink in me. And I never did it again.
 
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#40
This basically. They say "one hour for every drink" is the rule for it to wear off but I've definitely had 2-3 beers over the course of 90 minutes during dinner and driven home just fine.

I don't get this response. Are we only taking OP's question as "completely plastered"? Because it's easy as fuck to blow a .08 and not even feel like you're drunk. The laws are strict for a reason.
Does alcohol really last for strictly one hour though? Even on that night I drove "drunk", I left after an hour.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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#41
Hell no. Even at my most wasted I would always get a taxi instead.

Not about to risk my life and others, and jail time, and ruining lives. Even my drunkest self is deeply afraid of and aware of this.

I also hate driving and naturally veer away from it if I can help it. I also don't drink at all when I myself have driven somewhere.
 

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#42
Exactly once, and it was literally from one parking lot to another on my college campus. Was behind the wheel for about 15 seconds total and I still feel guilty when I remember doing it.
 
Feb 4, 2019
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#44
This basically. They say "one hour for every drink" is the rule for it to wear off but I've definitely had 2-3 beers over the course of 90 minutes during dinner and driven home just fine.
This is what bugs me about the prohibitionists. Theres no nuance.

I mean, shit, it was only made illegal to drink some beers while driving a while ago. No fact checking, but I'm sure it's still allowed in certain states.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#49
I've never been drunk period, so no.

Only times I've been "under the influence" otherwise to the point where driving would've been a danger, suffice to say I never drove during. In no small part because I wouldn't have made it to the car.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#50
Does alcohol really last for strictly one hour though? Even on that night I drove "drunk", I left after an hour.
That's just like the supposed rule of thumb. A safe way to gauge if you might be sobered up. So drink 3 beers between 8-9pm, by 11 PM or so you should feasibly be sober enough to drive and would pass a sobriety test if given one.

But it all doesn't factor in age, weight, height, metabolism, tolerance, etc. I'm 6'1 and 220 lbs and have drank for a long time, I can drink probably 7-8 "light" beers and not even really feel that drunk but I know I'd probably blow over if I got caught driving.