I named my online presence here after “demon rum.” In real life I’m Scotch-Irish-Mohawk and no my way around a drink. I have a family with alcoholics on both sides, both classic full waste of life drunks and functioning and everything in between.
I’ve been through a period when I was close to the “quicksand” of alcoholism, but I grabbed myself by the bootstraps and got my head out of my ass. My problem wasn’t addiction per say, but I was letting outside forces drive my inner voice and me to the bar. I know from witnessing it, that there is a Rubicon at the division between mental and physical addiction.
I know too it is a soft and subtle border. I also know the difference between Kraken the loveable social drinker and Kraken in an alley delusional maddog sipping walking corpse was my decision. I didn’t like myself then, so I manned the fuck up and changed. I taught myself to drink like an adult, and that it isnt a race to see who gets the most retarted the fastest.
I have intense compassion for people who help, or even truly try to help themselves, but those that willingly walk up to the edge, dive in headfirst see the results and keep going deserve what they experience.
My rant complete, onto the OP’s question. I live in the US, a country founded by puritians wanks full of fear of themselves. I’m sure this is not a popular opinion, but the DUI standards here are insane. One drink per hour will get you over the limit, and potentially could destroy your future. IMHO, this basically zero tolerance policy treats us as children, which causes some people to act like children, unable or willing to use common sense and self control.
So, my advice, if you have ask that question, move to a walkable city or befriend a tea sipping puritianical dunce to drive you around, or stay home like ole’ suburban live’n Kraken, sipping absinthe in the privacy of his own castle, on what should have been DL night, but instead will be a HIT bedroom session to celebrate Mrs Kraken’s birthday. I pretty much forgot my point, but, be careful out there…oh yeah, alcohol is dangerous when you let it be dangerous to you.