Here we go again.
What problem? Personally I never drink and drive because it’s so damned difficult to steer without spilling the pint. That’s the only problem that I am aware of.
But every year at this time the fussbuckets come crawling out of the wood work to tell us that there is a huge “problem” and that we mustn’t drive under any circumstances if we have had a sniff of a pint in the previous week. Fuck that.
I have been driving [though not non-stop] for the last forty plus years. I know a little bit about the art and what goes on on our roads. I have driven under the influence of everything from drink through smokes to Queen at full volume. Let me tell you that driving with Queen blaring out of the speakers is a lot more dangerous that driving after a few pints.
Another point I would make about those forty years is that I have been involved in many accidents. Some were serious enough for ambulances, and a couple involved the fire brigade. Not one of those accidents was caused by drink. In every single case it was carelessness and stupidity [theirs, not mine].
The problem with these Nannies is they are under the impression that if only we listened to them, all problems would be solved. If everyone stopped smoking, we would all live forever. If we were the ideal weight, we would all live forever. And now if we all forsake drink, there will be no more road accidents.
If they concentrated on removing all the bad drivers – the boy racers, the lunatics in BMWs, the Yummy Mummies in the SUVs – the roads would be a hell of a lot safer for those of us who just wish to go out for a quiet skinfull.