Most bars and pubs close for the night at 2 am, and that’s when people begin spilling outside to contemplate how they are going to get home. A large portion of these people will be under the influence of alcohol, and not all of them are going to make the right choice and call a friend, a cab, or Uber to get home. Instead they’ll make the choice to drink and drive, and if they’re caught or they crash, lives will change because of that decision.
A pair of young men in Sudbury saw an opportunity want to stop people from drinking and driving in Ontario, and they’ve decided to open up an after-hours club where people can go to sober up. Called ‘Upstairs,’ the club looks just like a bar or nightclub complete with a dance floor and concession. You still have to be 19 to go to the club but the real difference between this and an actual nightclub is that there are no drugs or alcohol allowed.
The purpose of Upstairs is to let you sober up before you head home, and because its open until 6 am when the buses start running, there is plenty of time to sober up as well as a safe option for getting home. But as good of an idea it is, there are a few potential problems.
One, it takes approximately 2 hours for the average person to metabolize one drink. If someone only stopped drinking at 2 am, they could still be drunk at 6 am, and if they are still drunk, they might not make the choice to take a bus. The other issue is what if someone only decides to stay until 3 am? Is someone available to guide people to a safe ride home?
Despite the potential issues, it’s a good concept and a definite step in the right direction. Having a spot to hang out before heading home could make all the difference to someone who thinks drinking and driving in Ontario is no big deal.