The world's outlook didn't improve much as the summer came to a close. September proved that drunk driving is still a huge problem, a new method of drinking will send you to the ER just as fast, and not even mental visits from a rock star can help save people from unacceptable behavior. There are just three months remaining in the last year on the Mayan calendar, so here's to hoping that the horrible things that have gone down in 2012 haven't doomed us all.

December 21st isn't that far away. As you anticipate the end, check out the 25 Most Ratchet News Stories of September 2012.

Written by Julian Kimble (@JRK316).