I also know people who have died from drunken driving, not sure why we have to prove that to have a reasonable discussion. I also deal with many people where alcohol has played a large part in their lives being or ending up wrecked. That also has to be set aside to discuss this issue rationally.
I already pointed out that some people don't have access to that 'gang of friends' to share driving. I agree that people can use taxis but some people are really isolated, a taxi will be an extra 30-40 bucks, if the pub is your only social outlet, and has been for many years, and you're on a basic pension or social welfare or whatever, how will you afford 100-120 squid a week for that alone?
And my pint was not about driving home locked, it's aul lads getting pinged for being slightly over, and yes, publicans going out of business because the 20 regulars can't really give the custom any more. I think some people don't really get what it's like to live in a really isolated spot as a not wealthy single older person.
And yes, I am planning ahead for my retirement!