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Ride-sharing to Boost the Alcohol Industry

by Michelle Ylaya 

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It is almost unbelievable that the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act was only passed into law last March 23, 2015.  Very recently, drunk drivers in the Philippines were not liable to the law. Traffic enforcers could not apprehend drivers suspected of drunk or even drugged driving.

The new Republic Act imposes a fine of P100,000 to P200,000 to drunk and drugged drivers and in some cases, imprisonment.

Even without the legal consequences, it seemed common sense that one should not be driving drunk. Yet, many have fallen victim to the carelessness of drunk drivers. The Highway Patrol Group has reported 390 drunk driving car accidents in 2013, and 498 in 2014.

 The dangers of drunk driving as well as the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act encourage drivers to limit their alcohol-intake.

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But now, there’s ride sharing services like Uber and Grab to take you home when you’re too drunk to drive yourself or anyone else.  In fact, Uber claims that it has prevented over 1,800 car crashes due to drunk driving, since it started operations in California in 2012.

So there’s no more need to worry about drinking too much on a night out—and  researchers say this may mean a boost to the liquor market.

A recent Morgan Stanley study concluded that the alcohol industry could grow up to as much as $100 billion because people are less likely to second think the amount of alcohol they consume when they don’t have to drive afterwards. They can instead, rely on Uber to drive them home safely.

The expected rise of self-driving cars by 2025 can further benefit the alcohol industry, the study concluded.  In 9 years, self-driving cars are projected to become more commonplace and this entails that drunk driving will be a thing of the past. Until then, people can depend on Uber and other ride-sharing service when they  find themselves too drunk to drive.

On another note,though it seems that ride sharing can lessen instances of drunk driving , this creates another problem as there will no longer be  an immediate reason to limit one’s drinking.

This is problematic because even if you don’t drink and drive, alcohol is still hazardous to your health and can dampen one’s senses.

The public is still advised to drink moderately and watch the amount of alcohol they take.

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