Playhouse Nightclub is committed to DUI prevention and wants everyone to stay safe when enjoying our entertainment establishment in the heart of Hollywood, CA.
Avoiding a DUI is completely preventable. Playhouse urges patrons to designate a sober driver or to utilize one of many safe ride home options available to the public including taxi and rideshare services.
How many hours should you wait before driving after drinking? For most people, it takes about one hour for the body to process a standard drink. So, for example, if you drink five glasses of beer, five small glasses of wine, or five single measures of spirits you would need to wait at least five hours before it is safe to drive.
How long should I wait to drive after drinking two beers? Once alcohol mixes with your blood, there is only one way to get it out of there — you have to wait. A common guideline is that after each typical drink, you must wait 45 minutes before attempting to drive. If you have another drink, you must add another 45 minutes.
Read on to learn about available sober ride options to ensure you not only have a fun night out, but also a safe night out as well.
In an effort to defeat drunk driving, Playhouse Nightclub partnered with Freebird Rides so guests can now enjoy a safe, fun night out at Playhouse Nightclub.
Freebird Rides operates a national platform that provides consumers rewards & cash back whenever booking an Uber ride. Businesses (in particular bars & restaurants) use Freebird Rides to acquire customers by reimbursing an Uber ride up to a cap the business sets only for customers who dine & drink at the establishment.
Consumers will feel like a VIP, become a more loyal customer, and can have worry free fun with no drinking and driving.
Freebird Rides is currently available in Los Angeles & Orange County, California and Boston, MA with additional national markets being added in the months ahead. Download Freebird Rides at no cost from the App Store or visit www.freebirdrides.com
When social plans involve alcohol, consider the following:
- Identify a designated driver for your group.
- Do not let friends drive after drinking. Take their keys.
- If you have been drinking, get a ride home from a friend who has not been drinking or call a taxi.
BAC “Blood Alcohol Concentration” & Time. Some drinkers try all sorts of things to sober up. In reality, coffee, fresh air, exercise and cold showers will not help. Neither will sleep. Time is the only thing that will sober you up. It takes a lot longer than most people think for the body to eliminate alcohol. If fact, it takes between 75-90 minutes or longer for the body to eliminate the alcohol contained in one standard-size drink. While some very large males (over 250 pounds) can eliminate this amount of alcohol in about one hour, it takes much longer in everyone else.
Alcohol does not affect men and women equally. Research indicates that alcohol’s effects on females tend to be stronger and last longer. This is because women produce a smaller amount of alcohol dehydrogenase, an enzyme that breaks down alcohol in the stomach. As a result, women reach a peak BAC about 20 percent higher than men do when consuming the same amount of alcohol.
Food in the stomach does not absorb alcohol, but it might slow the rate at which alcohol is absorbed. All consumed alcohol will get into the blood eventually. Trying to prevent becoming intoxicated by drinking only on a full stomach will just result in a well-fed drunk!
Alcohol & Driving. All states have per se laws which make it illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 of higher. However, a driver can be arrested with a BAC lower than .08 if a law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe the driver is impaired.
Alcohol Quiz: Test Your Knowledge. Substance-impaired driving accounts for nearly one-third of fatal crashes. Substances that can cause impairment have various shapes & forms. Click here to take the substance-impaired driving quiz to test your knowledge.
Be a part of the solution. Protect yourself and the ones you love. Find a safe ride home by considering a ride from a sober friend, public transportation, a taxi service or one of many sober ride programs.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a listing of sober/ safe ride programs across the country. Find one in your area and always keep the number with you. Please note: rates and availability subject to change.
[Source: Sober Ride – AAA DUI Justice Link]
My Private Driver
- Phone: 310-372-4120
- Hours: 24/7
- Details: A driver takes you home in your own vehicle – rates based on day of week, time, pick up and drop-off location.
Be My DD
- Phone: 1-877-823-6933
- Hours: 24/7
- Details: A driver takes you home in your own vehicle.
Be a part of the solution, and make your community safer by working to prevent alcohol-impaired and drugged driving. The following suggestions can help protect you and your friends/ family:
- Never ride in a car with someone who is intoxicated. Find another way to get home or wherever you need to go and consider all transportation alternatives, such as a taxi or public transportation.
- Use the designated driver system when enjoying a night out with friends.
- Protect yourself against other drivers. Wear your safety belt, and make sure passengers buckle up.
How to Detect a Potentially Impaired Driver
- Driving too slow or too fast for conditions.
- Crossing the center line repeatedly.
- Making wider turns than necessary.
- Signaling inconsistent with driving.
- Swerving, weaving or drifting between lanes and the sides of the road.
- Accelerating and braking rapidly.
- Turning abruptly or illegally.
- Stopping without cause.
- Driving with the headlights off at night or failing to dim high beams.
- Responding slowly to traffic signals (sudden stops, delayed starts).
- Driving into opposing traffic.
- Driving too closely to other vehicles or objects.
If You Believe a Driver is Impaired, DO NOT:
- Follow too closely as the driver may stop suddenly.
- Attempt to follow the vehicle if it is dangerously exceeding the speed limit, going somewhere you don’t usually go, or if hazardous driving conditions exist.
- Ignore traffic signals to keep the driver in view.
- Concentrate so hard on following the impaired driver that you become a hazard to other traffic.
- Attempt to stop the vehicle.
- Attempt to restrain the driver if the vehicle stops.
- Take matters into your own hands, unless you are law enforcement, fire, or emergency medical personnel.
- Assist the arresting officer unless requested.
How to Report an Impaired Driver:
- Pull off the road to a safe area and call 911 or local law enforcement.
- Tell them you wish to report a suspected impaired driver.
- Describe how the vehicle is being driven — be specific.
- Describe the vehicle in detail– vehicle type, color, make/model, license plate number and/or other distinguishing features.
- Give the exact location including road, direction traveling, and mile marker (if applicable).
How to Get the Keys and Save Someone’s Life
If someone you know has been drinking and attempts to get behind the wheel. Here are some tips for getting the keys away from him or her and possibly saving a life:
- Take the person aside and calmly, quietly suggest that he or she has had too much to drink and it would be better if someone else drove, or offer to call a taxi.
- Be calm. Try to make it sound like you are doing this person a favor.
- If it is somebody you don’t know well: Ask his or her friends help persuade the person to hand over the keys.
- If you got a ride with this person, tell him or her that you are not going with them if they insist on driving. Suggest that you will call for another ride, take a taxi, or walk.
- If the person will not listen to reason, locate the car keys and take them away. Most likely, the person will think the keys were lost and will be forced to find another mode of transportation.
- If possible, avoid being confrontational and embarrassing the person in front of others.
Tips for a safe night out
There are a number of ways you can look after yourself as well as your friends before, during and after a night out. Below are some tips on how to make sure your night is a memorable one, and not for the wrong reasons.
- Have a good night’s sleep and/or nap before you go out.
- Eat a substantial meal before going out and snack throughout the night.
- Wear light clothing to avoid overheating.
- If you are drinking alcohol, space each drink with a water to avoid dehydration.
- Know where the free water stations are, and top up regularly.
- Avoid energy drinks and other stimulants if you’re drinking alcohol — one can mask the effect of the other and you may drink more than you intended. Your blood alcohol will still rise and your coordination will still be affected even though you may not feel drunk.
- Take time out to rest and cool down.
- Make sure you have enough money for food, water and a taxi or public transport home.
- Make sure you carry identification cards, such as a student card, your driver’s licence, Proof of Age card or passport.
- Keep your mobile phone with you.
- Let people at home know what time to expect you back.
- Keep an eye on your friends and make sure they are ok.
- Never leave your friends in case something goes wrong and you, or they, need to get help.
Getting home safely after a night out
- Never get in a car if the driver has been drinking alcohol or taking other drugs.
- If you have driven your own car and end up drinking alcohol or taking other drugs while you are out, leave your car where it is and find a safe way home with a sober friend or family member, or by taxi or public transport.
- If don’t have a suitable way to get home, you may need to call a sober friend or a parent for help. They may be annoyed at the time but it’s more important that you get home safely.
How Can We Help
We are always available to help you. Make sure you have a safe night out. Help you with choosing the best available safe ride option. Answer all your questions. Just need someone to talk to? No problem. Contact us directly. Quick & Easy at 323.656.4600.
Feel free to reach out to us at anytime with any questions or feedback you might have! We’re always happy to help and hear your thoughts. Let Playhouse Nightclub make your next great night out is not only fun, but also a safe one!
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