Drinking has long been linked to peer pressure. This is especially true with young people, but it can apply to anyone. When someone asks if you want another drink, you’re more likely to say yes than if you had simply considered getting one on your own.
Similarly, peer pressure can influence your behavior after you’ve been drinking. Say you know that you have had one too many and you shouldn’t drive, but your friends all want to go get fast food. They’re all more intoxicated than you are, so they start asking you to be the driver. Not wanting to let everyone down, you may decide that you’ll risk it and drive when there is no way you would have gotten behind the wheel otherwise. You felt the pressure of that social situation.
Moreover, alcohol impairs your ability to make good decisions. You may give into peer pressure while intoxicated even though you would have brushed it off as ridiculous when you were sober. These types of decisions can lead to things that you regret for years to come.
You’re the only one facing charges
One key thing to remember is that no one else is going to face drunk driving charges if you get caught. They may pressure you, but there’s far less of a legal risk for them. You’re taking on all of that risk. If you get arrested, you’re the one who will face the ramifications of that arrest.
If this does happen to you, or if you’re accused of drunk driving when you were actually sober, make sure you know what legal defense options you have.