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Drinking and driving

My 86 year old father drinks two scotch whiskey drinks at happy hour and drives home. He claims this is safe. I feel he and the public are at risk because of this behavior. What would be a good solution?


Driving after drinking any alcohol, regardless of your age, impairs your driving to some extent. As we age, our bodies become less able to process the alcohol, magnifying its impairing effects. This means that even if your father is accustomed to drinking two liquor drinks, it will increasingly affect his driving.

Your dad can do a few things to increase his safety on the roads. He can consider having fewer drinks at happy hour, or he can arrange for alternate transportation so that he is no longer driving impaired.  Perhaps he and a friend could take turns being the designated driver. The options are plentiful if your father is willing to be a little bit flexible!

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