If you or a friend has dealt with a DUI, you may at first believe that alcohol is the root of all evil. You will only make terrible mistakes while drinking alcohol and it should be something to avoid all together. If this is true for you, then it is important you stay responsible. If you or a friend is dealing with an alcohol addiction, please read my post about how to get help.
However, some people are able to drink and know better than to get behind the wheel. Plus, the urge to do something silly while intoxicated is as prevalent as the air we breathe. I was going to give you some tips of other silly things to do while drunk that doesn’t include driving, when I stumbled upon the site, Dead Drunk But Trying.
Dead Drunk But Trying is a reality webseries created by some guys in Iceland who get each other to compete in “weird” competitions while intoxicated. The first three episodes include assembling Ikea furniture (which, for me, is impossible to do even while sober), chess-boxing, and making a pizza.
I got in touch with the show’s host, Magnus, and was able to ask him a few questions about being safe while drinking, but also being able to have a good time.
RK: Do you guys take any safety precautions before you take on a task?
M: The only safety precaution we take is [the host/crew] being sober while the two drunk contestants compete. Instead of us being drunk at the same time, we’re just making sure they don’t hurt themselves. Also, we make sure they get a ride home after the show and have someone watch out for them. Usually they just fall asleep as soon as the competition is over.
RK: Where did you get the idea for this series?
M: We got the idea for our web series while sober, which is probably a shocker. One of my friends was putting together two identical IKEA cabinets and I just stopped him and told him to do it drunk and against someone else and 4 hours later we taped the first episode. After that the ideas poured out of people around us and we are foreseeing at least 3 more episode for the first series.
RK: What is your favorite part about doing the series?
M: The best part is probably getting recognized for something like this. I live in Iceland and we’re not that many here, only 300.000 inhabitants that live in Iceland, total. So, right after the first episode was published we got a bunch of calls from the local news media and I got recognized on the street as “The Dead Drunk but Trying dude!” So that’s probably the best part about doing these episodes.
RK: What things should you definitely NOT do while drunk?
M: You shouldn’t try to put together IKEA furniture, compete in Chess-boxing or bake pizzas – that’s for sure! But also we don’t recommend swimming in the ocean, doing heart surgery, having a baby, writing an essay or calling your mom. But on top of that we don’t recommend driving while drunk, let’s face it, that’s probably the stupidest thing you can do and the consequences can be devastating so I personally try to stay as far away from my car as I possibly can after the first beer.
Above all, the most important thing you can do while drinking is to ensure your safety. Make sure you have a trusted friend to take care of you if things get out of hand.
To check out some episodes of Dead Drunk But Trying, visit their website.
If you’re on Facebook, you can also join their Facebook page. And heck, while you’re on Facebook, maybe join our brand new 1 800 DUI Laws page.