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.
Those results are due to a number of factors. Reduced speed limits, stiffer legal penalties, and awareness campaigns all contributed to the first few decades’ decline. As for the last 10 years, a study concluded by Temple University in 2015 found that the introduction of rideshare services into a market “significantly” reduced the number of drunk driving homicides.