First things first.
Kudos to people who don’t drink and drive!
It surprises me how many individuals still carry on this activity, in this day and age, who think they are safe to drive and immune to getting pulled over by the police.
I was on the bus the other day and it was jammed packed. I spotted a middle aged man almost lying down across two seats. He looked out of it but I didn’t think much of it at the time. I don’t mind standing, am aware that some people have issues with sharing seats, so I just took a stance and held on. Then, I noticed the man had crud around his mouth, like he had thrown up recently. Thank goodness my nose was stuffed up so my smeller wasn’t working but I am used to riding the bus with questionable, sometimes odiferous individuals. He was looking around and appeared to be annoyed but wasn’t causing any problems. Then, at about the sixth stop, he exited the bus, slowly. Once on the side walk, he turned, spat on the bus window, and then flipped off the bus driver. What?! My fellow bus riders started making comments that he was intoxicated.
Now, I am only speaking for myself but this is clearly an example of what not to do in public, or on a city bus, if you have been drinking or taking drugs. It brings attention to your condition, is inappropriate, and will almost 100% guarantee that someone will call the police. The bus driver did notify the proper authorities.
If you know you have a problem, ask for help. I know, easier said than done but come on, take some personal responsibility here. Don’t get me wrong, I have empathy for people with substance abuse problems, especially if you have tried to get help and have lost everything because of it but can’t stop.
What it all comes down to though is personally responsibility. Only you have control over your behavior and only you can make lasting, positive changes to it.
- · Appoint a designated driver
- · Plan to take a taxi or the bus
- · Have a drink limit
- · Use the buddy system
- · Drink at home if you can’t be responsible and respectful in public
- · Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you have an alcohol and/or substance abuse problem