I had the pleasure of conversing with one of my very favorite people today. While we were catching up, she told me about her recent experience at a wedding wherein one of her husband’s friends drank too much and spent the whole evening grabbing her derriere.
She was less than ecstatic about the whole thing and her husband, well, let’s just say his friend’s derriere is more likely to be getting kicked than grabbed in the future.
This got me thinking about the “Drunk Defense.” You know the old standby “I was drunk so I can’t be held accountable for anything I did last night” shtick. I’m really conflicted about this concept.
When I’m drunk, and I have been every kind of drunk (my parents are so proud right now,) I’m still perfectly aware of what I’m doing. Alcohol certainly lowers my inhibitions, and makes it harder for me to hear my good ol’ reliable superego, but it in no way removes my inhibitions. I still know I’m married (and have, in fact, been known to be quite vociferous about my adoration for my husband) and I’m still me. Just a more giggly, collapsible me.
On this basis, I have to reject the “Drunk Defense.” Unless someone is drunk enough that they’re blacked out (even in the blacked-out state, I have to assume they still know what they’re doing, even if they won’t remember it later. This is just an assumption, though, that can’t really be proven by me alone, for obvious reasons), they still know what they’re doing and likely won’t do anything while drunk that they didn’t already want to do.
Further supporting this theory is the fact that in getting drunk, the person has put themselves in a position to do things they may regret and, as such, still must take full accountability for their actions. So, Grabby McGropes-A-Lot from the beginning of the post is still completely responsible for his actions even though he was drunk.
Playing Devil’s Advocate, however, means admitting that alcohol affects everyone differently. While I may be capable of conscious thought while inebriated, not everyone in the world is likely to be in this same boat. So, in some people’s case, the “Drunk Defense” still stands, though they must still take the onus upon themselves for imbibing in the first place.
In the case of The Married Women vs. Drunk Bad Touch Man, how do you, the jury, find the defendant?