On Drinking (and Driving)

Tonight is probably the only night of the year during which public drunkenness is not only tolerated, but generally celebrated. Whether you're...

Tonight is probably the only night of the year during which public drunkenness is not only tolerated, but generally celebrated. Whether you're attending a black-tie gala with endlessly bubbling champagne or slamming into a studio apartment with a small circle of friends, the pervading sentiment of the evening will likely be: Cheers!And why not? It's been a long year, one that I'm eager to bid a debauched fair well. But a crucial component of ushering in the new year is MAKING IT to the new year.So please, please, please don't drink and drive.Sure, cab prices are conspicuously higher than normal tonight, but they pale in comparison to the cost of a DUI-not to mention the unquantifiable cost of, say, killing someone.Plus, if you're in a cab, you can safely and lawfully send text messages-an activity that's mere hours away from illegality in California.On a slightly less dire (but equally wet) note, Cracked has a funny-if depraved-series of drunk myths debunked. And NotCot has a pretty collage of holiday-themed liquors (in case I've totally killed your buzz).And here's another look at GOOD's video investigation of how much people actually imbibe.Oh, and, Happy New Year.(Image via Flickr user Mike "Dakinewavamon" Kline.)
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