What would you do…if it’s nighttime, you are drunk, your car has a flat and no headlights, your cat is desperately hungry and you have no cat food? (TAR Lite #13)
1. Stumble next door and ask a neighbor for some cat food?
2. Give your cat a bit of human food while your neighbor drives you to the store to purchase some cat food?
3. Let your cat go out hunting for some tasty birds or mice?
4. Try to drive your disabled car to the store yourself because, well, your cat needs food, it needs it now and the fact that you didn’t plan appropriately for your cat’s needs takes precedence over everyone else’s rights (drivers and pedestrians alike)?
Congratulations if you selected #4, which is what Amelia Poisson, 42, did in her badly damaged car—which got that way because of a hit and run committed two days earlier, also while she was drunk. Fortunately, for the 2nd time in three days officers arrested her; unfortunately, she will likely be treated the same way most DUI offenders are treated: she’ll sit in jail for a bit, get out on bail while still under the influence, get convicted for DUI and be ordered to attend DUI classes. As many offenders do, she may be drunk while attending those classes. The reason? She will probably not be required to wear an ankle bracelet, as every DUI offender (certainly 2nd time offenders) should be ordered to do as a condition of parole. And BTW, DUI offenders should never be let out of jail on bail until their blood alcohol level is zero. That would give them a much-needed opportunity to look at the four walls surrounding them and begin to ask, with some clarity, how did I get here?
As pointed out in How to Spot Hidden Alcoholics, one of the signal behavioral symptoms of alcoholism is grown-ups acting like children. The toddler tears after the big red ball because he cannot wait. Neither can the alcoholic, regardless of who she may put at risk.