One for the road? Are you fricking serious?

October 29, 2009

Quick quiz: If you’re a jittery driver, what’s a good way to steady your nerves before you hit the road?

  • get plenty of sleep
  • practice meditation
  • think soothing, happy thoughts
  • enjoy a refreshing alcoholic beverage

Yeah, I thought that last one was pretty lame myself, but it turns out a politician from Ireland’s governing party has said “jumpy” drivers might benefit from having a relaxing alcoholic drink to steady their nerves.

I am not making this up.

See, Ireland is debating whether to cut the legal blood alcohol content limit for motorists, and some members of parliament oppose lowering the limit which would rule out a traditional Irish pint of Guinness for those driving.

“If drink is such a sedative, it can make people who are jumpy on the road, or nervous, be more relaxed,” said Mattie McGrath, Fianna Fail’s Tipperary South representative.

Right, Mattie. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be crossing the street someday  when one of those really relaxed drivers comes along.

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Above: Guinness Chairman Tony Greener sips from a giant eight pint glass of stout to publicize his company’s earnings announcement in a 1997 file photo. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Below: A racegoer holds a pint of Guinness on St Patrick’s Day on the third day of the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival in a 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Finn-Kelcey

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So, when my daughter was learning to drive and was REALLY nervous, what I really should have done, instead of assuring her that she would be fine and making sure she understood everything she was doing, was given her a shot of JD, just to take the edge off?

Posted by Beth | Report as abusive

Only if she was over 12 years old at the time, Beth…

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

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Posted by uberVU – social comments | Report as abusive

Mattie’s sedative could work on pedestrians too, at least on the jumpy ones.

Posted by Fmk | Report as abusive

Hmm … I suspect if the driver tranquilization program catches on, the pedestrians will be jumpier than ever.

Posted by Beth | Report as abusive

By the sounds of it, Ireland has a whole heap of ‘jittery drivers’ on the road.

Posted by Little Miss Random | Report as abusive

Can we be certain that Tony Greener is not a Leprechaun drinking from a standard pilsner glass?

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive

If a pint of Guinness makes you a worse driver, you should gain some weight, you know, for your organs and stuff. Nothing important.

Posted by cvaughan | Report as abusive

Ah Bill, it IS Halloween time… who knows who will come knocking on your door… 😉

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Well getting down to the science ; What would my blood alcohol level be after a pint of stout? less than .08 ?
More than the proverbial “2 Beers” in American ? Enquiring minds want to know !

Posted by Ben O’Lovett | Report as abusive