Dear Queenie,

When I go out with friends, usually one of us is chosen to be the “designated driver.”

According to me, this means the chosen person should not drink anything alcoholic for the whole evening, to be sure of being sober when it is time to drive home. However, the last time we went out, I noticed that the designated driver was drinking beer. When I said something about not drinking because they were going to drive, the person said it was only beer and they only had a few, and I was making a fuss about nothing.

Queenie, who was right?—Want to be safe

Dear Want to be safe,

You were. Beer is an alcoholic beverage, and it is quite easy to get “buzzed” on it without realising its effects.

I hope you had sense enough to take a taxi home that night.

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