Raking leaves. Chilly mornings. Thanksgiving meal planning. These may paint a pretty picture of what some people envision when they think of fall. But for others, fall means one thing: Pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice lattes by morning, pumpkin spice cocktails by evening.
Pinterest is filled with hundreds of pumpkin spice boozy beverages, each looking more delicious than the last. When your pumpkin spice white Russian is followed by a pumpkin spice RumChata is followed by a pumpkin spice martini and you get into your car to drive home, you might end up getting arrested for a pumpkin spice DUI.
You know that a DUI is a serious event (of the life-changing variety). Maybe you've known other people who have gotten a DUI, and you had to witness firsthand the enormity of the toll it took on them. A drunk driving charge can impact your job, your family, your relationships and your finances. It's a big deal. But there are ways to prevent it.
Drink at home
Whip up a batch of spiked lattes on a night you know can stay at home. Invite friends over. Or plan on a solo Netflix binge. Either way, stay put.
Designate a non-pumpkin-spice-lover driver
Somebody you know doesn't like pumpkin spice-flavored anything (strange but true). Find them and ask them to be your DD.
Load up on pumpkin spice-flavored baked goods
Drinking on an empty stomach does no one any favors. Expand your pumpkin spice recipe search to include things other than booze, and you'll be amazed at the number of actual food items that also contain your favorite flavors.
The best way to avoid a DUI is not to drink and drive at all. But if you do end up in a situation where you find yourself facing DUI charges, it's important to remember you have options. An attorney can help you understand them. Don't turn one mistake into an even bigger mistake.