SINGAPORE- He admits that he had been "flirting with danger" and "would likely have continued" doing so, had he not been caught last year.
It was the fourth day of Chinese New Year and Mr Alex Tay was driving home after a night of revelry when he hit a cab.
With a shudder, the 40-year-old business development manager recounts how the accident sobered him up for good.
"I had been drinking at a relative's place and my wife was already annoyed because I ignored her attempts to stop me," he says.
By the time the couple were ready to leave with their eight-month-old son, Mr Tay had had six cans of beer and "three or four" glasses of red wine.
He adds: "I was confident that I could drive safely and I can still remember arguing with my wife, who had insisted that we take a cab home instead."
Mr Tay says that "luckily, the accident wasn't too serious" and no one was injured.
His driving licence was revoked and he was fined $1,000. It was a painful but "definitely well-deserved" punishment, he says.
"Losing the licence is a small matter, I cannot help but think, what if I had killed my wife and child?"
Mr Tay's account is an alarming and sobering reminder: With the New Year coming up and Chinese New Year in just a month, we can expect more drinking and merry-making.
Last week, a woman, believed to be drunk, hit three vehicles within an hour at a carpark in front of Block 393, Yishun Avenue 6.