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A road safety charity in the UK, found that 8 in 10 young men agree that it is unacceptable to drive over the legal limit. However, the same study also found that almost a third of young men say they would feel uncomfortable asking a friend not to drink when they were driving.
This finding suggests that there is a disconnect between young men’s attitudes towards drink driving and their willingness to intervene when they see a friend about to drive drunk. There are a number of possible reasons for this disconnect.
One possibility is that young men may be afraid of offending their friends if they ask them not to drink and drive. They may worry that their friend will get angry or upset with them, or that they will be seen as a killjoy.
Another possibility is that young men may not believe that their friend is actually going to drive drunk. They may think that their friend is just joking around, or that they will be able to handle their alcohol and drive safely.
Whatever the reason, it is clear that more needs to be done to educate young men about the dangers of drink driving and to encourage them to intervene when they see a friend about to drive drunk.
Here are some tips for talking to a friend about drink driving:
- Start by asking your friend if they have had anything to drink.
- If they have, ask them how much they have had and how they are feeling.
- If you are concerned that your friend is over the legal limit to drive, tell them that you are worried about them.
- Offer to call a taxi or a friend to pick them up.
- Be prepared for your friend to get angry or upset. It is important to stay calm and to reiterate that you are concerned about their safety.
- If you are unable to persuade your friend to not drive, you should call the police.
- Drink driving is a serious crime and it is important to do everything you can to prevent it.