Oktoberfest is right around the corner. Yes, that is right. Even though the name contains October, the celebration begins in September. How long it lasts depends on where you are located.
If you plan on participating in the festivities, remember to plan for after the party as well so you do not end up with a DWI. Follow these tips so you can have an enjoyable time without involving the police.
Make transportation arrangements beforehand
Be prepared before you begin your partying. Already know how you plan on getting home. Options include:
- Using a designated driver (ensure the person is 100 percent sober)
- Calling a taxi or lift service
- Taking public transportation
- Staying at a friend's house or hotel until you are sober
Inform a trusted person of your plans so you can stay accountable, or so you do not forget while in a drunken state.
Slow down your intake
With access to a great variety of alcoholic beverages, you may be tempted to down every one. Slow it down instead. Eat first, pour or order smaller serving sizes and sip your drink. Take breaks between beverages to give your body time to metabolize the alcohol.
Explore nonalcoholic activities
Drinking may be a main focus of Oktoberfest, but it is not the only activity available during this event. Enjoy the music, dancing, food and cultural presentations. They are just as exciting, fulfilling and fun as consuming alcohol. They also allow you to still take part in the celebration if you wish to stay dry to guarantee the prevention of a DWI.
With so many people taking part in Oktoberfest, you may think that the police will not catch you if you drive while intoxicated because so is everyone else. Do not underestimate the severity of a DWI. A conviction can lead to license loss, jail time and fines. Even without a conviction, the arrest and charges will go on your record.