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Drinking and Driving

Drinking and Driving English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Feb 01 2008

Themes: Party, Soap Opera


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Part of what makes drinking so much fun is that it impairs your judgment. When you’re drunk, you do things you might not normally do, like dance until you’re covered in sweat or talk to that person you’ve always liked.

Of course, that absence of fear can hurt you too. Even people who know that drunk driving is wrong sometimes find themselves driving drunk because when it comes time to decide if they’ve had too many, they’re, well, drunk. They need sober people around them to stop them from getting behind the wheel. It’s hard to put your foot down and not let your friends drive drunk, but think of how many lives would be saved if people did that more often.

Beren, Devan and Marni are hanging out and having some beers. Devan has had way too many, but she’s trying to drive home anyway. Watch what happens…

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Devan:  Let me tell you guys something.

Beren:  What?

Devan:  You guys are like my best friends. Like I’ve never…in my whole life known…

Marni:  Somebody’s had too much to drink.

Devan:  I gotta go. I’ll see you guys later.

Beren:  Bye!

Marni:  Wait, wait, wait.

Devan:  I’m gonna go home.

Marni:  You’re not driving, are you?

Beren:  Dude, don’t be a buzzkill. She can drive. She’s fine. I’ve seen her drive drunker.

Devan:  C’mon Beren, let’s go.

Marni:  No no no no no. It’s not OK. You’re not going anywhere. Give me your keys.

Devan:  What do you mean? I’m going.

Marni:  Give me your keys.

Devan:  No.

Marni:  I will drive you home.

Devan:  I can drive.

Beren:  Seriously, you’re so square. Just let us be.

Marni:  Oh, because I want you guys to live, I’m so square? C’mon!

Devan:  What is your deal?

Marni:  My deal is I’m not letting you drive home. You’re wasted.

Devan:  Let’s go.

Marni:  No no no no no. I’m taking your keys. I am taking your keys. Give them to me!

Devan:  It’s cool.

Marni:  It’s not cool. I am taking your keys.

Devan:  Look. I…

Marni:  Got them! Not going anywhere.



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You know you’re pretty drunk when you start telling all your friends how much you love them. Well, you should know you’re drunk at that point. But as soon as Devan finishes telling Beren and Marni that they’re the best, she gets up to leave.

Marni is surprised that Devan would try to drive and Beren yells that it’s OK. She tries to make Marni feel uncool for trying to stop Devan.

Marni tries everything. She even offers to drive Devan home herself, but there’s no convincing her, so she takes her keys. Beren and Devan are upset in the moment, but they’ll thank her later.

What would you have done if you were in Marni’s position?



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Ramon Romero

United States

I would had done the same.

02:19 AM Feb 08 2017 |




I would put my foot down and keep Devan from getting behind the wheel. I know of many stories involving drunk driving that wound up in tragedy.

03:50 PM Oct 10 2012 |



Hİİ everybody I have something kind of drinking or like that.I like drinking beer but I never would prefer to drink beer rather than water.Also bear and the other types of it very harmful our kidney and liver…

06:25 PM Jun 24 2012 |




I would have done the same like Marni did. Every drunk person feel that he is fine and he can do anything better than those who are not drunk. I wish we all should have atleast one friend like Marni who can save us from such situations. 

05:39 PM Jun 14 2012 |




that was owesome ,

08:33 AM Jun 14 2012 |



I don’t drink alkohol when I have to drive .

01:44 PM Jun 01 2012 |



if I were him ,ı would ask this question:what’s the point of drinking drive?.

if Devan had driven the car ,not only Beren and Marni but also Devan would have badly injured and I think Daven is  a little bit pride man.

06:17 PM Mar 07 2012 |



Saudi Arabia


first I didn’t drunk and I won’t drink ever 

Thanks god 

ammm and If I am in her position I will do like what her do beacuse it is so danger to drive while she drunk beacuse she don’t now what her do . 

and it’s bad for the healthy I hope  all Take off from  drunk 

07:52 PM Aug 08 2011 |




Booze is the cause of most car accidents amongst youngers . its a pity that so many and promising lifes  are lost  everyday all around the world.

08:43 PM Aug 04 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

i  would  not let  her  too

  if she     very drunk
she  could  nit control  what  she  do  i would  like  to see  how i  look  like whyen im drunk 


09:26 PM Mar 19 2011 |


El Salvador

to drink or to drive? whats best: driving without drinking  is best when you want to be safe! sometimes your pals treat you to have  some (lot of beers) alcohol but if you refuse the they start calling you : square!! but on the long run, they get to acknowledge that you were right!

07:01 PM Mar 19 2011 |




See I do agree drinking alchol and driving both don't match, however if u take very low quantity that to upto your limit then no problem occurs. if you are a good driver it's cool

12:34 PM Feb 18 2011 |



If I drink alcohol, I stay in home. Don't go anywhere.

09:42 PM Sep 30 2010 |



I agree that drinking and driving don't match.

01:59 PM Jun 24 2010 |




Drink and Drive is something that is not good because when you drink and you are driving you cannot see the road very well and if you donot stop the car you may get acident which is not good so let stop drink and drive.

11:52 AM May 02 2010 |



United States

it's illegal that you drive while you're drinking in the usa.


By the way, I never have drink alcohol Laughing.


really guys because I'm a muslim.

03:49 AM Mar 13 2010 |




I will not let her driving too

12:53 PM Nov 13 2009 |



Drinking only can get someone a little relief for temporary,it is only a way someone afaid of facing the reality .after you wake up,the problem also will come to you.

01:40 PM Oct 26 2009 |

Cindy kong


It is dangerous.and they will cause a lot of trouble.Marin is very kindly.good!

03:33 AM Mar 28 2008 |

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