Even if you drove there, you don't have to drive home
Worried about leaving your car behind because it might get stolen? The most sensible counterargument here is, if you try to drive it home, it might not be worth stealing much longer. But there are also plenty of services -- from nationwide enterprises to Designated Drivers of Buffalo -- that will drive your car home for you.
None of the above even factors in good old-fashioned taxis, alternative, thigh-powered transport like pedicabs, or public transportation -- which could be made even more attractive by programs like the one Brazil instituted during Carnival last year, where free subway rides were given away in exchange for empty beer cans.
If worst comes to worst, remember it’s the holidays: your parents will be overjoyed at the opportunity for nostalgic bonding presented by having to come and pick you up at 2am.
“Everybody does it” is less and less true
Roughly every decade, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducts a national roadside survey intended to measure impaired driving rates. The last one, in 2013-14, leveraged data from 300 locations across the US. It found a 30% drop in measurable alcohol levels since the last survey, in 2007 -- and an 80% drop since the first survey, in 1973.