If you are one of those people who continuously get behind the wheel of
your vehicle after drinking, and you want to break this bad habit, there’s
a technique that psychologists refer to as “implementation planning.”
It is also known as “if-then” planning.
Introduced in the 1990s, studies have shown that this technique works very
well in changing habits and helping people obtain behaviors they desire.
Most people fail to make these behavior changes due to not having a specific
idea of what they want to do. You are 2-3 times more likely to change
a behavior if you use an if-then plan compared to not doing so.
How to Use the If-Then Approach
If-then statements could be an effective tool if you understand that your
current behavior places you at risk of drunk driving. Even when you genuinely
want to avoid the consequences of a
DUI charge, your good intentions may be thrown out the door as soon as you
take your first drink - unless you have a plan.
You must visualize situations where you might be tempted to operate a vehicle
after a night of heavy drinking, and you must figure out solutions to
either avoid them altogether or to find other alternatives. Suppose you
have to celebrate a birthday every weekend for a different friend, meaning
that you will more than likely partake in drinking on every occasion.
Planning ahead using if-then statements enables you plenty of time to envision
the situation and create a strategy to avoid it. Your if-then statement
could be, “If my friend is having a birthday this weekend at a bar,
then I will call Uber to get a ride home.” Keep in mind the “then”
part of the statement. Rather than saying “I’ll try to find
a ride home with with,” you identify Uber as your driving alternative.
Another scenario could be: “If I choose to drink, then I will limit
myself to only 2 beers and I will order food at the same time to help
lessen the effects of alcohol in my body.” Again, you are taking
a proactive approach by determining the outcome of your actions, instead
of “playing it by ear.”
If you’re hanging out at a friend’s house and you already know
drinking is going to be involved, get ready for the evening with if-then
planning. “If I end up drinking more than 4 beers, then I am going
to sleep over for the night.” Or, “If I see that there are
no alternatives to alcohol, then I’m going to make a soda and snack
run so I can consume those rather than drinking all night.”
If you are serious about breaking the habit of drinking and driving, use
the if-then planning technique so you will be prepared for any situation
that involves consuming alcohol.
If you were arrested and charged with a DUI in Virginia Beach,
contact Attorney George Holton Yates today.