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Drunk Driving PSA Terrifies People in the Men's Room: VIDEO

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The UK's Department of Public Transportation hired ad agency Leo Burnett to create a PSA to prevent drunk driving by frightening people in the bathroom with an image of what might happen if they did so.

But it just may terrify you from using the men's room at all, or perhaps just washing your hands.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Folks are asked to respond to the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #publooshocker.

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  1. AJ: I was in SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) in high school. Just before prom, we had an outdoor assembly that reenacted a drunk driving crash. The local police and fire department participated. We even had a smashed car. All the SADD members participated as actors. One of us was pronounced "dead" and taken away in a coroner's van.

    It's hard to determine how effective something like that is. But, seeing a classmate put into a body bag was pretty chilling.

    Posted by: alex | Jun 7, 2013 5:33:11 PM


  2. What a great way of scaring men from washing their hands after peeing!

    Posted by: dumbnhung | Jun 7, 2013 5:56:07 PM


  3. And that friends, is why you don't wash your hands.

    Posted by: Yaoi | Jun 7, 2013 11:07:12 PM


  4. David Hearne,

    You can pull any opinion you want out of your ass, but if you want to state it as fact you really should have more to back it up than just your own observations. Researchers have indeed found genetic links that relate to both the prevalence and severity of alcoholism.

    I would tend to trust the experts conducting the The Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA) over your anecdotal observations.

    Posted by: shawnthesheep | Jun 8, 2013 12:30:02 AM


  5. @deisit,

    I see your points. I agree with you, except for the allowing drinking on the street. And it wouldn't be a bad idea to limit the hours a person can buy liquor at stores. I'm all for freedom and am not a nanny statist like so many 'progressives' on here and in America, but do recognize the abuse liquor is a major source of societal problems and violence.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 8, 2013 9:07:33 AM


  6. @deisit,

    I see your points. I agree with you, except for the allowing drinking on the street. And it wouldn't be a bad idea to limit the hours a person can buy liquor at stores. I'm all for freedom and am not a nanny statist like so many 'progressives' on here and in America, but do recognize the abuse liquor is a major source of societal problems and violence.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 8, 2013 9:07:34 AM


  7. @David Hearne,

    "The real problem in the US is the notion that you either are or aren't an alcoholic, that alcoholism is an illness that you magically contract or worse that it's genetic."

    EXCELLENT POINTS.

    I've always been irritated by general attitudes on this subject. Even the casual phrase 'Do you drink' has underlining negative connotations. I suppose it's because extremist evangelical Protestantism and equally prudish Calvinist based philosophy [which is just as likely to be 'progressive'] has had such a powerful influence in American culture down through the centuries. I'm amused when I notice inside liquor stores how uptight so many people are when picking out and buying their booze. It's like most people act embarrassed or a little ashamed. Except for wine. That's not an issue since it's considered cultured and sophisticated. Beer is considered low brow, hard liquor is what you drink to get drunk. This sums up the general attitudes towards alcohol in the U.S. among not everybody, but many.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 8, 2013 9:15:27 AM


  8. Shawnthesheep -

    Thanks for responding.

    Note that in the introduction to the collaborative whatever you reference, an early reference is to "funding". Now you know why they have been doing it, you really would want to question their output in addition to their motive. Moreover, who are these people? Are they trying to convince themselves that they are or aren't Alcoholics (capital A as in AA)?

    What sets alcohol apart from say, an eating disorder, is that eating is essential to living and consuming alcohol is not.

    So while there might be some genetic component to why some people like to get trashed, it's little more than an excuse in the hands of "substance abuse counselors".

    I have spend more time listening to the BS of alcoholics and drug abusers than I care to think about. They all belonged to clubs (AA and NA) which told them it wasn't their fault, that they have a disease. It also told them that they could never consume alcohol, drugs, "mind altering substances" and in Northern California often caffeine and refined sugar and white flour. It said that if they didn't think they were alcoholics, it was proof that they were alcoholics. If they went out into the world they would DIE! (or go to prison or a nut house). It said that if none of the dire predictions came true or appeared to be coming true then you were in denial. They said that if you go out and limit yourself in how many drinks you have (because nonalcoholics just magically stop at two one supposes) then you are doing "controlled drinking" which in their mind is not the same thing as showing self control.

    Spare me your BS. If you want to tiss away two hours a day at AA meetings in lieu of a life, wear yourself out. Just don't try to sell other people your BS. The core principle of 12 Step is that God cures you. That would be the same God who thinks you are an abomination if you are gay.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 8, 2013 11:04:50 AM


  9. Jeez! Good thing they'd just peed and or pooped.

    Posted by: Book | Jun 8, 2013 11:25:21 AM


  10. Gee, David Hearne, so how's that white-knuckle sobriety workin out for ya?

    Sorry, dude, but alcoholism is a disease. It is genetic. It's pretty much a scientific fact.

    Oh, wait. I forgot. You're a conservative. So, um, facts really don't mean much to somebody like you.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 8, 2013 12:37:02 PM


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