Driving past the downtown areas of any large city after six pm is a real treat for your senses. You can see the remnants of rush hour traffic and hear the busy sounds of the city. If you zoom in you might notice there are white collar workers going in small after-hour groups to a local pub. They have on acceptable business attire then sit and blow off steam from hard hours at the office.
White collars are not the only ones letting off steam from a long day of work, so are blue collar workers. The end result can be the same as in any working class. Just as the white collar workers, these employees buy whatever alcoholic beverage they think takes the edge off to their entire day or week. The similarity does not stop at how these workers choose to relieve stress, but even matches up in how they travel back into their neighborhoods after enjoying alcoholic beverages. However many similarities these workers share, there are many biases amongst drinking and social status.
In movies the wealthy are shown often times retrieving their drinks from expensive crystal liquor sets while standing around casually drinking and conversing. The white collar workers are even known to receive bottles of wines as gifts or indulge in a drink or two for a job well done at the office. In the same sense blue collar workers on the big screen are seen in a more negative light when it comes to drinking. These workers will often be displayed in drinking from the bottle or not as exotic when partaking in festivities including alcohol.
The fact is no matter what your social class, if you drink and then get into your car to drive….YOU ARE WRONG. Also a person who has a drinking problem has a problem and no matter the amount of class they have, it will not make them better. Police need to beef up patrols around a city’s business class district in order to keep watch on those who stop in for a drink after work and drive themselves away. However it seems there is more watch on the lower income urban areas when DUI’s are persistent as white collar residents are driving home under the influence all the time.
Do you discriminate when it comes to alcohol?
1. If you see a man or woman in business attire, while drinking do you think they earn a lot of money? YES/NO
2. If you see a man or woman dressed in jeans and drinking beer from a bottle do you think they might be poor? YES/NO
3. If you see a man or woman in business attire drinking alcohol in a pub, then going to their car do you care? YES/NO
4. If you see a man or woman in jeans drinking in a bar, then going to their car do you care? YES/NO
If you answered YES, to most of these questions you need to access the way you view social class because your perceptions of who can commit right or wrong judgments may hold you back. If you answered mostly NO, then good for you in reserving judgment based on social status.
Lots of people want to relieve stress by getting one or more drinks and talking to friends and co-workers. This is not a problem until you take the keys and make the decision to drive. Before you have even taken one sip, you made up your mind while sober that drinking and then driving was an okay decision. If you’re a person who thinks that only lower class citizens are the ones who commit crimes, think again because by drinking then driving you have chosen to be a part of a crime no matter your income level.
Making the choice to drink while in the comfort of your home or calling a designated driver can make all the difference in the world regardless what color your collar is.