Drinking With Children Is Bad

It should be illegal to serve alcohol to people that have minors with them while out in public. Too often, while I was working as a food server in a large restaurant, I would have customers that would come in for dinner with their children, and drink it up, not taking into consideration the example that was being shown to their little observers. Let s use for an example a mom, a dad, a 9 year old girl and a 5 year old boy. (This is an example only). The mom has 3 glasses of wine, (6oz X 3 = 18oz) and the dad has 4 beers. (14oz X 4 = 66oz). So using the American Government Guidelines, a standard serving of alcohol is 12oz beer and 5oz wine....enough said there.

And what about setting a good example? The message being sent to the children is that drinking & driving is Okay. And most likely, they will grow up following what they learned from their parents.

Even though I have served alcohol for a living,and write for a cocktail website, I believe in zero tolerance for drinking and driving. Getting drunk, and then operating a vehicle is selfish, stupid, and inexcusable. In May of 2007, I was hit by a drunk driver my car was totaled, my daughter, sister, friend and I all went to the hospital with injuries, my teenage daughter hurt the worst. I can proudly say I have never driven drunk in my life. There should always be a designated driver. If not, then don t drink. It is not a necessity, it is a choice and a privilege. Next time you are debating if it is a good idea to chance it, (obviously you have no regards for yourself), at least try to think of the innocent imagine that 5 year old child that is helpless in the backseat of a car, that you may take the life of, all because of a bad decision. Plan and Think ahead. Stay alive, and keep others safe as well.

For Proof of how crucial drunk driving is , take a look at the statistics: Below is the total Alcohol Related Traffic Fatalities in 2005 for all 50 states:

2005 Alcohol Related Traffic Fatalities (A.R.T.F.)

Find your State: Total A.R.T.F. & Total A.R.T.F. Under 21
Alabama = 423 50
Alaska = 35 7
Arizona = 492 67
Arkansas = 233 33
California = 1719 268
Colorado = 244 40
Connecticut = 120 26
Delaware = 66 10
D.C. = 26 3
Florida = 1,471 198
Georgia = 545 73
Hawaii = 71 3
Idaho = 89 18
Illinois = 580 93
Indiana = 320 46
Iowa = 118 26
Kansas = 151 18
Kentucky = 313 31
Louisiana = 394 53
Maine = 59 10
Maryland = 235 36
Massachusetts= 171 29
Michigan =421 70
Minnesota = 201 26
Mississippi= 371 57
Missouri = 515 91
Montana = 124 14
Nebraska = 91 17
Nevada = 159 19
New Hampshire= 60 12
New Jersey = 263 26
New Mexico = 189 32
New York = 524 83
North Carolina=549 67
North Dakota= 58 9
Ohio = 505 54
Oklahoma = 283 44
Oregon = 177 23
Pennsylvania =636 80
Rhode Island= 43 8
South Carolina=464 59
South Dakota= 80 15
Tennessee = 464 51
Texas = 1,569 282
Utah = 37 3
Vermont = 29 4
Virginia = 347 46
Washington = 294 45
West Virginia=126 20
Wisconsin = 369 49
Wyoming = 65 8

US Total = 16,885 ( Under 21 = 2,449 )

Remember, Children are helpless to us. They are unable to drive home themselves, so they are stuck in a car, completely defenseless to the intoxicated adult that has those small lives entrusted into their irresponsible care.

When children are entered to the mix, being a role model is crucial to their development. They should come first, putting all selfishness aside. Pounding down booze, then driving your family home, (that you say you love) is highly selfish...

Make a difference in a child s life. Be their hero.

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