I don't believe you...(contraversial topic)

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Alot of people here...say they don't drink and drive.  I don't believe it....However, I do know that my sister has NEVER had any alcohol and driven a car.  She has always been "fearful" of not being able to drive...as she is handicapped without alcohol.  BUT, I know my sister and if she didn't have that handicap....she would have at least at one time drank and drove.

​Maybe it is just my "brain"...because when I used to drink when I was younger I REALLY believed that EVERYONE drank....and everyone does not drink.  So I could be wrong on this topic.

​But, I find it really hard to believe that almost every person on here says the store is in walking distance from their home.  I do believe that some people really do walk...but I do not believe that EVERYONE here has a store with liquor THAT close to their home.

The store has always been within walking distance from my home and I NEVER walked there.  Sometimes I felt in better shape after work once I got some alcohol into my system.  I can shamefully say...I have always drove after drinking...I had to bring my kids to school functions...or to the mall on the weekend (drop them off and pick them up).

​I will say on the days that I had to drop them at the mall..I tried to minimize my drinking until I picked them up.  I always also had a beer with me while I was driving.  I sadly regret one day my son picked up my "cup" after a basketball game because he was thirsty  (I always brought him a bottle of water..didn't that day)....and I reacted by slapping the cup out of his mouth.

​I was horrified..and needless ...really...needless to say he was horrified to...I never felt so bad in my life, I never had raised a hand to either of my kids...and I did for THAT BEER....2 reasons...1 - I didn't want him to know it was BEER....and 2...I was worried about him ingesting the BEER.

​I admit that God was with me and many people the many times I drove drunk.  This last bender...I really TRIED not to drink under the influence. I would get the beer or vodka early in the a.m. and then stay home.

​But, apparently I did drive a couple times drunk because my friend at the store...told me I did...and that I came in the store and asked her to cash a check...very scary...cause I did not remember it....I was telling her how I didn't drive drunk this time around...and she responded with that story for me....Thank GOD....I never hurt anyone and I never GOT CAUGHT.

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    Well, Misssy... my local Shop is about 5 minutes walk from my house.  That is walking at a slow pace because I need Walking Sticks... sometimes I manage with one stick.  I gave up driving a few years ago. It was too stressful for me.  I am very anxious. I never drove if I had taken any alcohol... I am very anxious... too scared of accidents, or being stopped by Police.  Also, very correct about laws etc.  I wish someone would outlaw booze !  Oh there would just be illegal tippling then !!

    The shop closes at 10 p.m. I watch the clock if I am thinking of more alcohol.  When it gets past 10 o'clock, I know I am safe until the next day.

    Alcohol is sold here between the hours of 10a.m. and 10p.m.

    I will go out in any weather , to get it.  Even when it is dangerous... slippery ice, snow, slush.  I am terrified of falling... but I still walk on... such is the power of Alcohol Addiction.

    I think driving everywhere has become more common in U.K., so I must be a bit of a dinosaur.  Another thing... I use Cash rather than Cards for my local shop.  Dinosaur !

    Alonangel 🎇

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      You sound like my middle sister..she won't drive at all for a drink or while drinking.
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    Hi misssy

    you know my story about drinking and driving. I gave up driving after being caught and will never drive again. If I've needed drink, I either walk or get a taxi. I still cannot get over the guilt of being caught drink driving, even though it was the next day. No excuse.

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    Earlier on in my 30 year run of daily drinking, if I ran out I was ok. In the latter half,  I managed to live within 3 blocks of a store. Beer was my weapon of choice, so no problem getting it at the supermarket. I'd put back a six pack at a party on occasion, of course there was the drive home and a few more beers before bed. I was indeed lucky that not so much as a fender was scratched, nor was I ever pulled over. If I'd gotten a DUI during the recession, that would have been it for my finances. 99.9% of my drinking was done at home, that was more than enough destruction in and of itself.
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      Yes, seems that the UK has stifer penalties for driving while drinking..which could be a big deterrent.
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    Misssy

    hope I didn't come over holier than God.

    i can understand the need for booze, but not the need to drink and drive. I can understand that drink takes over but although guilty I can't condount it.

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      No you didn't come off holier than thou...If I ever had the experience of being pulled over...I probably would have stopped drinking and driving too.

      ​But, I have another younger sister that DOES drive drunk and has been stopped by police 2x...the 3rd time here...gets jail.....I don't think she does it now cause she has 2 kids.

      ​But, me never being stopped..just kept chancing it.

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      A number of drug courts in the US are requiring a depot injection of Naltrexone and counseling for repeat offenders. They seem to be having good luck with it, but I don't know what the long term success rate is. 
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      I have never heard of that ADE and I am in the US.  I would imagine they could only do that to people who have criminal offenses regarding alcohol....cause there is no doctor that is going to force inject me with anything! 

       

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      Oh my goodness, Misssy.  The thought of forced injections makes me think of Death Row.  We don't have it, in U.K., but we know all the dreadful stories through the media information.  I suspect that much of the info. is sensationalised... but people are injected, then die !  End of story.

      We live in strange times.

      Alonangel 🎇

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      I think a California Supreme Court Justice was one of the early adopters. If you google Naltrexone Drug Court, you'll see some articles/papers.
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      I don't know that it was forced, for a fact. It may have been a precondition for a more lenient sentence. 
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    If I go to eat I will drink one glass of wine and drive,so in my mind I don't drink over the limit and drive....but.....I am a unit counter.

    I can drink a bottle of wine by say,one in the afternoon and then I'm counting how much I've had and when I can drive,ie one unit goes out of your system per hour.

    I have just ordered a breathalyser kit from eBay

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      Oh dear goodness, Nicole.  I know that is wrong to laugh at your comment... but ... a breathalyser kit from eBay is exactly what I would have... if I was still driving !

      I count the hours after drinking re medication.

      The drink still has priority... WRONG.

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      It's one of those things I ordered in the middle of the night when I can't sleep....seemed like a good idea at the time smile
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      Ha,ha..... You have no idea how much I buy around 3 a.m.  Sleep would be so much cheaper.  I could tell you of every Sale in U.K. at present... and level of reductions... I would buy anything at 70% off.  Sick addiction, but it does not harm your liver !

      Alonangel 🎇

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