It is important to be responsible for yourself and for those around you. When an individual is under the influence of alcohol it exposes them to dangers that wouldn’t normally be cause for alarm. Among these are the dangers of being locked out of a home or car. This could happen to you or a friend, so regardless of which friend you might be with on a Friday night (the sober one or the one dancing across tables) it is imperative that you pay close attention to everything that follows. This could very well be the solution that prevents your weekend from ending badly. Without further ado let’s jump right into how a night on the town can increase your need for calling a locksmith near you.
Effects of Alcohol
Alcohol has numerous effects on both the brain and the body. Yes, some people do drink to feel a euphoric buzz, but aside from washing you over with good feelings (temporarily), alcohol impairs your judgment and your motor functions (among other things). Many alcohol consumers are unaware of the fact that alcohol is a depressant. It dampens the transmissions from the brain’s neurotransmitters, which is why the general feeling of relaxation is associated with drinking. Depressants quite literally depress the brain’s functions, for instance, if you have naturally occurring inhibitions (that might prevent you from doing something stupid) they are depressed by alcohol. Many consumers have feelings of invulnerability and delusions of grandeur that don’t surface until after they are a few shots in.
These are the early effects of consuming alcohol. With continued consumption in one sitting, alcohol can lead to feelings of anxiety, anger or depression. There are also those who blackout when they are drinking and remember very little (mostly nothing) that occurs during the time of said blackout. There are the most obvious signs like slurred speech and impaired motor skills that consumers have either witnessed or experienced, first hand. At this point, you may be wondering what any of this has to do with home security or being locked out of your home. Well, keep reading, you’re about to find out.
Alcohol – Keys = Lockout
The truth is, alcohol increases the chances of you being locked out of somewhere. It could be your car or your home (I hope it’s not your office unless you’re trying to get something from your office after an office party – then the drinking is excused). This could happen in a number of ways and we’ll walk you through all of them just so you have a clear picture of how easy it could be to be stuck outside on a night when what you really need is to be in a nice warm bed.
1. Safe Key’ping
Friends exist, sometimes, to save us from ourselves and the decisions we make. This is why it is such a common occurrence for friends to take keys from each other, especially when one of them has been drinking. It prevents the situation that may arise if one person thinks it might be a good idea to drive under the influence. If you have a friend that takes your keys away from you, keep them close because they have nothing but your best interests at heart. However, they also tend to be the causes of drunken home lockouts.
When an individual is drunk, their brain’s neurotransmitters are operating in a very limited capacity, and this leads to many of them becoming immensely distracted. The probability of a drunk person remembering that someone else has their keys is an already low one to begin with and one that decreases even more as the alcohol intake increases. Well, here you are, too drunk to drive and too drunk to remember that someone has your keys for safekeeping, yet somehow, you’re still sober enough to find an Uber or a cab home (If you’re close enough just walk and work off some of that alcohol).
As far as you’re currently concerned, everything is going swell. That is until you get home and try and unlock your door and realize that you have no keys to do this with. It is at this moment (or maybe a few sober moments later) that a locksmith becomes your friend. I’m sure there are people reading this who are thinking to themselves, “Oh I’m a pretty decent lockpicker, I could pick my way in and save myself the cost of using a locksmith”. Who knows? you might be right, but I’m willing to bet that if you’re too drunk to drive and too drunk to remember to ask for your keys, then you are most likely too drunk to be able to pick your way home. If you happen to remember who you gave your keys to in your drunken stupor then, by all means, give them a call and see if they can stop by and unlock your door.
However, it is highly unlikely that the person you call will be available to help you out, it is the weekend after all. This doesn’t mean your situation is hopeless because 24-hour locksmiths exist for a reason. There are many that are available to help you out of the predicament you are in and get you into your home. It will be immensely hard to compare which locksmith is better suited to help you out, especially in an inebriated state. Personally, I would advise researching all this information before you even start to drink, that way if anything goes wrong you will know just who to call. I know, I know, it doesn’t sound like the ideal way to start a night, but it will increase the chances that your night ends in a safe and comfortable manner.
2. Breaking Bad: Breaking your keys
There is a degree of difficulty involved in inserting a key into a lock that only surfaces once alcohol has been ingested. It is the same difficulty reigns true for locks that use a keypad. Your security sequence may be 1-2-3-4, but you might find yourself pressing 3-2-4-1. This is one of the most common instances where someone who is drunk will be in need of an emergency locksmith. However, in a drunken state your first instinct isn’t going to be rational. It is likely that you will not be trying to call an emergency locksmith. The brain avoids complex actions when it is under the influence of alcohol and functions in a linear way. That being said, your sole thought is going to be unlocking the door and getting into bed, and it is going to be about just that.
So instead of trying to think outside of the box and see how you can get in by other means, you close the box and seal yourself in it and continuously try and insert the key into the lock (or press the wrong numbers on the keypad). This is a dangerous thing to do because you are more likely to break the lock and damage the key (or lose it) in the process of whatever you are doing, rather than gaining entry. You can even end up breaking your key off in the lock. And you will not be well enough to get the broken key out of the lock yourself. Once this occurs you will still have to call a locksmith, and it will end up costing you more because of the compounded damage. Now, I know it’s hard to think about this
3. Don’t Drink and Pick: Damaging the lock
Another one of the many dangers of alcohol is what I like to call the superhuman effect. This manifests itself in many different ways. For some, it imbues them with herculean powers, while others are gifted with the mental acuity of Albert Einstein. Keep in mind, that this is how they see themselves, to a sober person they are just exhibiting abnormal traits and being annoying. In some rare cases, when someone realizes they do not have their keys, or that they cannot perform the simple operation of unlocking it with a key, they resort to other more unconventional methods. You would think that it would be easier for someone to call an emergency locksmith or a friend to help them out, but as always the human mind is an impressive thing. Some people solve the problem
For those of you who still think you can just take out your beginner’s lock pick set and unlock the door while drunk, how do you expect to do that if you can’t even use a key? However, people have still been known to try and earn bragging rights to an unwanted title. The point is anything that can harm your door, rather than helping you open it should not even be attempted. If, you attempt to pick, bump or jimmy your lock while you’re intoxicated the only thing you can hope to accomplish is damaging your door. If, by some stroke of insane drunken luck, you are able to accomplish getting the door open that way then ‘yay’ for you, get some sleep. Also, if you’re going out drinking, why do you have your lock picking set with you?
4. Decrease in Brain/Cognitive Functions
Drinking also increases the chances of someone experiencing temporary memory loss. With the increased consumption of alcohol, the brain’s processes start to slow down. This normally leads to instances where the brain can no longer store memories as they occur. This event is normally termed as a blackout and involves a temporary loss of memory after heavy alcohol consumption. This can be considered a decrease in the brain’s functions, and it is a very serious issue. Many things can occur during a blackout and the person experiencing it would be none the wiser. If you happen to lose your car keys, damage your locks or give someone the location of your buried treasure, you wouldn’t remember any of it. And when you wake up and need to replace your lost car keys, fix your broken lock, and see your treasure is gone, you’ll need to call a locksmith. For the first two any anyway. Call the police, I guess, for the treasure. Or maybe a private investigator.
5. Compromising Security
Do you know anyone that is extremely stubborn to the point that the old adage about being as stubborn as a goat, does them no justice? I know quite a few people like that, and I’m sure that there are many more out there. Some of you are probably reading this post. Well, this last section is for you. This is for all those who didn’t heed the warnings about breaking the door down or trying to bump the lock or forcing the key to turn when you couldn’t remember how your door knob worked. Chances are, if you didn’t heed the warning, you’re gonna be waking up in the morning to find that a few things in your home are in need of repairs. You may have broken the lock on your door, or taken the entire door of off its hinges. Whatever the case may be, if you did not have your keys the night before and you’re in your home now (with no sign of the same keys), you most likely still need to call a locksmith or some other repair company to help you fix whatever it is you damaged to get back in.
Another reason why it is ill-advised to enter forcibly if you are drunk is because you risk compromising the security of your home. When your home security is compromised it helps to get it fixed as soon as possible and it is an even bigger bonus if you are sober in the process, that way you have your entire mental faculty at your disposal. With your home security being compromised while you are drunk, you are left vulnerable to theft and other harmful occurrences. It’s like giving a burglar a phone call to say “rob me!”.
Reducing the Chance of Lockouts
Having a drink or two every now and then with the right people can lead to a fun, memorable night. If you are going to be drinking, I would advise keeping a few things in mind that can make your night go a whole lot smoother and help prevent you, or anyone else you know, getting locked out.
- Make sure that when you are drinking, you are at least drinking with people that you trust. This makes it easier for you to leave your belongings with one of them if the need arises and also makes those belongings easier to track down when you need them. In the event that you are drinking with people that you do not know, then you always have to be aware of where your valuables are (keys, phone, wallet, purse). Also, never leave your keys or any of your belongings with someone you don’t know and trust.
- If you know beforehand that you are going to be consuming a good amount of alcohol, it is best to be well rested and well fed. Your body will be better equipped at dealing with the harsh effects of alcohol if it has stocked up on enough rest. If you have a good meal coupled with copious amounts of water before you begin drinking, your body will absorb the alcohol much slower than it would if you had started drinking on an empty stomach. In the long run, you will not be quick to get drunk, and you will have your wits about you for a much longer period of time, which drastically reduces the chance of you being locked out of somewhere.
- As unappealing as this next part might sound, it will help you to have a safety plan that you review regularly, especially for those of you that bleed alcohol. This plan should include the contact information of an emergency locksmith that you researched and also a guideline to things you need to do in case you get locked out. Like I said earlier, the mind works unilaterally when under the influence of alcohol and as such it helps to train your mind to think unilaterally about the safety plan that you come up with. This increases the chances of you being able to find help when you’re locked out rather than hurting yourself doing something ridiculous all in the hopes of getting back into your home.
- If one of your friends is the designated driver for the night, charge them with the task of being a designated key bearer as well. With one person being in charge of the keys, it reduces the chance of them being forgotten somewhere. In this instance, if you happen to forget your jacket or purse somewhere, at least you know that your keys will be safe and you won’t be locked out for the night. When you’re sober in the morning go find that purse. Good luck!