Originally Posted by Ataturk
I guess it just boils down to whether you think being drunk should be a defense to crimes or not.
I don't disagree on a very general level but (and I suspect you get this and are just trying to respond to the question on a broad policy level than a narrow legal), but there's a fundamental difference between crimes that have a serious mens rea
(intent, more or less) requirement and those that don't.
I believe DUI is a strict liability offense in most jurisdictions. That is, it doesn't matter what your intentions were or whether you knew what you were doing. If you were so drunk that you thought you were turning on the television when you were actually starting the car, you're still guilty.
If you're so drunk that you mistakenly think the person in your bed is actually your inflatable sex doll, you're not guilty of rape (although you're probably violating your university's code of conduct).