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starwomyn 64F
5510 posts
7/16/2017 7:46 pm

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7/17/2017 7:47 pm

Public Drunkeness and Vulnerablitity

There is a story about a Lyft Driver who refused to transport an unconscious drunken woman. Her friends called a Lyft driver - tossed the driver the keys and told him to get her home safely. He offered to drive her home IF the girlfriends travelled with him. They refused wanting to get back to the party. He offered to call the police to access the situation and they left with the drunken woman. He pointed out that they were placing her in a vulnerable situation by placing her with a lone male and they were placing him in a compromising situation as a young black male. There were also medical issues that he might not be prepared to deal with in addition to get his car full of punk.

I remember years ago, when a bartender dropped a drunk man at our local 12 Step Hall. He had no ID and no clue where he lived. It is our job to help those who want help not play nursemaid for someone during between their drunken sprees. We called the police and he ended up spending the night in the drunk tank. It was probably the safest place for him to be.

Public drunks don't get thrown into a drunk tank in West Virginia. They are medically assessed - vitals taken and monitored. There was a law suit where an individual died in the drunk tank and WV got sued. There is also the drug factor which complicated issues.

New Years of 2015, my younger son woke up in the emergency room hooked to monitors and IV's. He quit his job and told me that he wanted to have some "fun" before going into treatment. The police found him unconscious and called the paramedics. There was hypothermia in addition to an overdose. I picked up at the hospital telling him, "No Sympathy!" His sponsor drove him to Detox a few days later.

JOY Unconfined

starwomyn 64F
5305 posts
7/16/2017 7:48 pm

JOY Unconfined

DanDee1952 66M
18891 posts
7/16/2017 8:09 pm

I hate 'having fun before treatment' it's about as useful as the "G" in bologna.

Rocketship 73F
14638 posts
7/17/2017 5:51 am

How sad! That young driver was a smart young man!! I would bet that gal's friends were not sober either.

I'm glad WV has this program!!

LeafExchange 67M
1709 posts
7/17/2017 7:18 am

Private drunkenness is just as bad...

Beth1949 69F
2626 posts
7/17/2017 7:51 am

A usefull insight, Starwomyn, I've learned a bit of the procedures there. Thank you for sharing it with us. Kind regards, Lisa.

Lisztomania 68M
9531 posts
7/17/2017 10:23 am

"Having fun before going in for treatment" is in some ways analogous to the old-fashioned "bachelor party," the spree on the part of bridegroom (and friends) before the prison door of marriage slams. It never made much sense, and had no effect other than to render the groom's party hung over at the wedding itself.

This ancient ritual died a slow death in the 70's and 80's. As a wedding musician, I have had the chance to observe the changes in America's way of marrying. The "rehearsal dinner," traditionally paid for by the groom's parents, has been plumped up a bit and usually spills over into a party for both the bride's and the groom's family and friends. This has the advantage of providing a moderating effect on excess (unless all are excessive together.)