Designated drivers have saved countless lives and spared many others from suffering injury due to drunk driving. At least 9 out of 10 Americans who attend social events where alcohol is served would like to see designated drivers used. The proportion of people using or being a designated driver has increased dramatically over time. Each year, more than 73,000,000 Americans either serve as a designated driver or are driven home by one.
A designated driver is simply a person who agrees to completely abstain from alcohol and be responsible for driving others home. This means ZERO alcohol and 100% sober – and does NOT mean the least drunk of the group. Others with the designated driver are free to drink or not as they choose. Many establishments provide free non-alcoholic beverages to designated drivers.
A designated driver helps friends and family:
Advantages to the designated driver concept:
Tips for designated drivers:
In addition to being or using a designated driver, you can save lives by taking car keys from intoxicated people to prevent them from driving under the influence. Here are some helpful hints on how to get the keys from a drunk person who is about to drive:
You can make a difference! Although thousands of lives are saved each year by both designated drivers and those who don't let friends or others drive drunk, many more are needlessly lost. Each such death is a tragedy affecting many others who are left suffering and grieving. Help your friends and family get home safely… be the 100% sober designated driver.
The Peer Educators from the Office of Health and Wellness Education proudly sponsor Cabrini's Designated Driver campaign. Stop by the Health Hut between September 20 – October 1 to sign a pledge to always use a 100% sober designated driver. Those who sign an individual pledge will receive various support items and free giveaways.
For more information, visit www.cabrini.edu/wellness or contact the Office of Health and Wellness Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week in Wellness is sponsored by the Offices of Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Fitness Center, and Health and Wellness Education.