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DUI Checkpoints: What to Do at a Stop

DUI checkpoints are a common legal practice officers use to spot DUI offenders. These checkpoints take place randomly, usually on major roadways and late at night. In most cases, officers line both sides of the road and bring traffic to a stop to check licenses. As a driver, it can be intimidating to face a row of officers' vehicles, asking to see your license. However, it's best to remain calm and follow these tips for facing DUI checkpoints. DUI Checkpoints: What to Do at a Stop Go Through the Checkpoint When coming up on DUI checkpoints, it's important to go through the stop. Now, you may be thinking "well, obviously". But when the time comes, you may want to consider turning around to avoid the stop. However, most DUI checkpoints have officers standing by, watching to for those attempting to dodge the stop. If they see you, they may stop you or follow you if you've already turned. Once this happens, [...]

By | December 7th, 2018|

Drunk Driving Dangers: How Alcohol Impairs Skills

It's no secret that driving under the influence is extremely dangerous. In fact, roughly 29 people die every single day from an alcohol-related crash. While we're all aware that alcohol impairs our driving abilities, we might not fully understand the depth of drunk driving dangers. For many, understanding how alcohol impairs driving abilities is vital to making the choice to avoid it. Therefore, we're going to take some time and lay it all out there for you... Drunk Driving Dangers: What Alcohol Does to Your Driving Skills Slow Reaction Time When you drink, alcohol reaches your blood stream and begins to slow your response time. This can make you feel as if you're moving in slow motion. By slowing your reaction time, you're unable respond quickly to in-coming objects. As you can imagine, this takes away a very important part of driving skills. When you drive, you have to be able to respond quickly to things in the road and on-coming traffic. [...]

By | October 17th, 2018|

Using Alcohol to Combat Social Anxiety: Negative Outcomes 

Drinking to have a good time is pretty common amongst most people over the legal drinking age. Most of that population is in the work world, paying bills, and facing stressful situations, which often leads to their letting loose when the end of the week comes around. In short, most all of us partake in social drinking from time to time. However, when you begin to use alcohol as a crutch for making you feel more comfortable in social situations, it can become problematic. Social anxiety, just like social drinking, is very common amongst all populations. However, using alcohol to combat social anxiety can do more harm than good... Using Alcohol to Combat Social Anxiety: Negative Outcomes Anxiety  While you might be using alcohol to combat social anxiety, it can actually cause anxiety. Alcohol has many different effects on the brain. One of those effects, is on the levels of serotonin in your brain. For some people, the changes you experience can [...]

By | October 5th, 2018|

Spotting Alcohol Abuse: What To Look For 

When it comes to drinking, it's all fun and games to drink in moderation. But once you begin drinking too much, too often, it can become a danger to your health and safety. However, it can be hard for people to judge when it becomes too much. Which is why it's easy to spot signs of alcohol problems in someone before they see it themselves. So here's a few tips for spotting alcohol abuse in a friend and how to handle it. Spotting Alcohol Abuse: What To Look For and What to Do Incapable of Going Without Alcohol When spotting alcohol abuse in friends, the first thing you may notice is the necessity to drink. While everyone else may enjoy drinks for an occasion, someone with an alcohol problems makes every event a reason to drink. Just a casual movie night my become a time to become drunk. If you notice your friend looking for any reason to drink, this could [...]

By | September 18th, 2018|

DD Benefits: Where’s the Fun in Driving? 

When it comes to being the designated driver, it's a job most of us don't want. That means you don't get to drink while the rest of your friends do. And now you have to babysit a few drunk people--not your idea of fun. But what if we said there's actually tons of good things about being a DD? Check out these DD benefits for reasons why you should want to drive. DD Benefits: Where's the Fun in Driving? Your Body Will Thank You The next day when everyone is feeling sluggish and a little nauseous, your body will thank you. One of the biggest DD benefits is that you don't suffer a hangover, headache, or any of the other painful symptoms of drinking too much. Not only will you avoid those symptoms but you won't be putting in harmful toxins in your body that can come in alcoholic beverages. Just another reason your body will appreciate you choosing the wheel [...]

By | September 13th, 2018|

Drugged Drink: What Are the Signs?

When it comes to drinking, mixing drugs and alcohol can have some dangerous side effects. The two substances can interact with one another, enhancing each other's effects and leaving you incoherent. But what if you didn't mix the two yourself? In many cases, people don't know they've received a drugged drink until the next morning when they can't remember anything. So here's a few drugged drink signs you or your friends may notice before it's too late. Drugged Drink: Signs and Symptoms You've Barely Had Alcohol but Your Feel Drunk One of the first signs of a drugged drink is that it makes you feel drunk. It could be your first drink, you've not had any other alcohol. So there's no way you should feel buzzed, much less drunk. However, you feel that that "one drink hit you". This can be a sign that someone's given you a drugged drink so you should seek help. You're Having Trouble Talking When some [...]

By | September 11th, 2018|

Drinking Myths Debunked: What’s the Truth? 

When it comes to drinking, many people stick to theories about getting the best experience out of their drink. But is there any real truth to those age old theories? Check out this list of our favorite drinking myths debunked. Drinking Myths Debunked: What's the Truth? You'll Be Less Intoxicated With Beer For whatever reason, people tend to think that beer is less intoxicating than other alcoholic beverages. One reason for this could be that is contains the most liquid ounces per percentage of alcohol. In short, that means a 12 ounce bottle of beer may have the same amount of alcohol as a 5 ounce glass of wine. Therefore, it gives the illusion that it is less intoxicating. However, consider this one of the more common drinking myths debunked. Because beer contains alcohol, it will certainly make you intoxicated if you drink enough. Switching Types of Alcohol Will Make You Sick Odds are, you've heard the many phrases warning you [...]

By | July 27th, 2018|

Preventing Hangovers: Tips to Avoiding the Morning After 

When it comes to drinking, it's all fun and games until the morning after. You know, that next morning, "why did I do this to myself" feeling. If you've been there before, then you probably wonder if there's a magical method to prevent those awful hangovers. While they may not be magical, we do have a few tips for preventing hangovers. Preventing Hangovers: Tips to Avoiding the Morning After Drink Moderately The first trick in preventing hangovers is really no trick at all. Although it may not seem like the most fun option, drinking within moderation is the best way to prevent a hangover. In short, drinking moderately means having a modest amount of alcohol. It also means drinking that alcohol over a longer time span. Instead of loading up on drinks quickly, have a couple over several hours throughout the night. Drink More.. Water Another great way for preventing hangovers is to drink more water. Dehydration plays a huge part [...]

By | July 25th, 2018|

Spotting Drunk Drivers: What to Look For and What to Do

When it comes to drunk drivers, you want to stay on the look out. Because of their impaired driving skills, they can be very dangerous on the road. So how do you know if you're riding alongside of an intoxicated driver? Here's a few tips for spotting drunk drivers. Spotting Drunk Drivers: What to Look For and What to Do What to Look For When Spotting Drunk Drivers  One of the most common things to look for is erratic driving. This could mean running off of the road or straddling the center line. Also, drunk drivers tend to swerve in and out of lanes and struggle to keep the vehicle balanced on the road. But not only do you want to watch how they drive, you want to be aware of how quickly they do it. For instance, drunk drivers often struggle to regulate their speed. So at times, they may travel well over the posted speed limit. But at others, [...]

By | July 13th, 2018|

Sober Apps: Finding Support at Your Fingertips 

When it comes to getting sober, you may want all the help you can get. So what if you had help and support at your fingertips? For some people, that's possible with sober apps that you can download straight to your phone. So here's a few sober apps that may help you choose to skip the drink. Sober Apps: Finding Support at Your Fingertips Sober Grid  One of the more popular sober apps is Sober Grid. This app, which is free to both android and IPhone users, allows people to join together for support. In some cases, people join to find support in others struggling with alcoholism or dependency. In other cases, people join to offer that support. Essentially, this app creates a community of people that share struggles with alcohol abuse. So you can reach someone local or worldwide, within a moments notice if you need to talk. Sobriety Counter  Like a lot of other sober apps, Sobriety Counter is [...]

By | July 12th, 2018|