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Alcoholic Driver

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by 6up, Jul 24, 2015.

  1. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    I have an uncle who can never drive without taking alcohol. He claims that without drinking, the exhaust fumes make him vomit. Has anyone ever experienced that?
  2. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    Wow this is very sad. I think it is just an excuse to justify what he is doing. He knows it is not right and illegal so he makes s excuses to tell himself that he is not doing anything wrong. If he causes an accident or gets pulled over by the police it won't matter what he tells them about the fumes making him want to vomit. I have never heard of such a think before.
  3. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    I've never heard of that. Sounds like he is just making an excuse for himself to drive while intoxicated. If you r car has fumes making it's way into the car, then I think you have a exhaust leak somewhere and that needs to be fixed.
  4. Emerson_B

    Emerson_B Active Contributor

    I would say that its just him justifying his drinking. Sometimes, we make up reasons not really for other people to forgive us but also so that we would feel less guilty. There are studies showing that alcohol can heighten sense of smell. So if you drink the smell of the fumes should be stronger. I think what you could do is to convince him that his vomiting is caused by something else.
  5. Auril

    Auril Active Contributor

    I agree with the other posters that it sounds like an excuse. He's probably said it so often that he's convinced himself that it's true. Probably the best thing that you can do is the next time you know he is getting behind the wheel when drunk - call 911 and give them the make and license plate number of his car. Each time he gets on the road he isn't just putting his life in danger he is risking the lives of everyone who comes anywhere near his car. He can only tempt fate so many times before something happens. Get him off the road, maybe it will be the thing that causes him to seek help.
  6. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    It's the first time I've heard of it but I don't know how he can possibly think that drinking and driving are a good combination. I guess he's just trying to find excuses for his lack of control when it comes to alcohol.
    That being said, I'm surprised something bad didn't happen to him yet. Always driving drunk is really, really dangerous.
  7. AAngelo

    AAngelo Senior Contributor

    That's just crazy to me because for me to numb my senses with alcohol, I'd have to drink a lot. So much so that even the drunk version of myself won't be able to stand let alone drive. Maybe it is just an excuse as the others have said. But that's just a dumb excuse. It could be psychological and could not even be tied to alcoholism.
  8. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    Either way, if it's an excuse or not, the fact of the matter is that he's not safe, nobody is, to be behind the wheel of a car, if you've had a drink.

    If he ends up crashing into somebody and killing them, standing up in court and saying that, isn't going to get you out of a long prison sentence, and it certainly isn't going to bring the victim back.

    That might sound harsh, but sadly it's the truth and he'll know that himself. If he likes to have a drink, there's nothing wrong with that and nobody can judge him for that because we've all got our vices, but he should give up the car and catch the bus then, keep himself aswell as everybody else safe
  9. Dan86

    Dan86 Member

    This man should not be on the road. His actions are putting others in danger. He should not drive if he cant stand the smell of the fumes.

    That being said the smell of exhaust fumes should not be in the car so perhaps look at getting him a replacement car.
  10. henry

    henry Community Champion

    Lol, yes, I have to agree with most posters. He's just making an excuse to drive drunk. One thing that has always puzzled me is that I can't drive drunk, I'm a terrible driver when I've had a few. But I have some friends that could compete in the Indy 500 when they're drunk. I find that they drive a lot better than when sober. Goes to show it's not the same for everyone.
  11. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    This is honestly pretty scary and I do agree with everyone else who said that it sounds like an attempt to justify this behavior. For someone to view drinking as a prerequisite before they get behind the wheel is downright dangerous and I hope someone stops him before himself and others may get seriously hurt or worse.
  12. Marie92

    Marie92 Active Contributor

    I have never heard of that. Maybe he should see if there is something else he can do because there is never a benefit to drinking and driving.
  13. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    He's trying to throw dust in the eyes, man. Don't fall for that. Tell him to just accept his addiction and do something about it. Don't let yourself easily gullible by the man. Take action! If he's capable of telling such lies to the family, imagine what he'd do for even more alcohol...
  14. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    That's one of the most ridiculous excuses for drinking I've ever heard. This guy is in serious denial. Someone needs to intervene before he ends up killing himself or someone else in an RTA. even if it means stealing his keys, immobilizing his car or even turning him in to the cops.
  15. PSmith

    PSmith Member

    There is no fool-proof way of drinking and staying under the limit. The amount of alcohol you would need to drink to be considered over the drinking limit varies from person to person. It depends on;
    Your weight.
    Your gender (men tend to process alcohol faster than women).
    The type and amount you are drinking.
    Your current stress level and the age (young people tend to process alcohol more slowly).
    Even small amount of alcohol can affect your ability to drive so the only safe advice is to avoid any alcohol if you are driving.
  16. karmaskeeper

    karmaskeeper Community Champion

    People can make up some of the most dumb reasons for drinking and driving. I am absolutely against it it's a deadly thing. People fool themselves in to thinking they are okay to do this. Well alcohol makes that impossible if you see someone who is behind the wheel and drunk do something. It's deadly no one wants to share the road with a drunk.
  17. Zimbitt

    Zimbitt Senior Contributor

    Yeah **** your uncle, and anyone else who drives drunk. He is just using it as an excuse, I hope he doesn't kill someone one day.
    karmaskeeper likes this.
  18. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    People think they can handle the amount they drank and may believe they can drive home or to the supermarket, like last year in New Zealand a man brought alcohol in the store when he was dropping his coins and the store did not stop him and he crashed the car. The duty manager had the discipline and the man got jail time for being drunk and driving when he was not aware of what he was doing at the time as well, this could of ended-up being fatal. The car sounds like it needs to get fixed and drinking and driving can take lives and costs well, as being sued by the family and most of the money would just get paid for the court hearings.
  19. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    I've never heard of anything like that but I suppose OP's uncle has conditioned himself to reach thusly when he gets behind the wheel. The mind can play tricks on you if you let it . . .

    Drinking and driving never is a good idea even if the driver consumes only a little alcohol because eventually they'll want to drink just a little more and when someone's judgment is impaired and their reflexes slowed by alcohol bad things can and do [regularly] happen.
  20. anorexorcist

    anorexorcist Community Champion

    That's interesting... I have a similar experience, I have a friend who doesn't drive really well when he's sober, but when he drinks alcohol, even if it's little bit, this totally changes, he drives 100% better. I'm not shure why this happens to him, he has never mentioned anything about that, but is really weird! There must be something psychological going on there.