A powerful central nervous system depressant, alcohol is a dangerous drug that can completely ruin higher brain functions like thought, logic, reasoning, and muscle coordination. All of these processes are completely vital for operating a vehicle, so you can imagine how dangerous a situation can get when a drunk person attempt to drive a car. The more alcohol that is absorbed into the bloodstream, the more destructive a person’s abilities will become, which can ultimately lead to a drunk driving incident. Ironically, a DUI (much like addiction and abuse) is one of the most easily preventable problems in the world, yet these accidents continue to claim and ruin lives across the world. Still, how does our country fare in this department? How severe is America’s drunk driving problem? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
What Are the Risk Factors?
We do not need to emphasize how deadly drunk driving can be, yet this continues to be a problem across our country. In fact, an estimated one-third of all reported traffic accidents are caused by intoxicated drivers (with a BAD of 0.08 or greater). From 2006 to 2016, about 10,000 died in DUI accidents on a yearly basis, and, in 2017, roughly 10,874 people were killed in these deadly accidents. Although the U.S. has set a standard of 0.08 BAC as the legal limit, 1 person died from a drunk driving accident every 48 minutes.
The Consequences of Drunk Driving
Ever since the 1980s, legal officials have severe enforced regulations for drunk driving that have decreased the number of fatal accidents. Overall, the charges for DUI incidences can range from misdemeanor to penalties, while penalties can include the suspension of a driver’s license to imprisonment. Eve first-time offenders are forced to pay a fine of $10,000 for driving drunk. Now, some state governments have authorized the issuing of ignition interlock devices (breathalyzer tests linked to the vehicle’s ignition) to prevent drunk driving from the get-go.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are already severe problems, but these sicknesses can take an entirely different turn when an alcohol user gets behind the wheel of a car. As we have seen, drunk driving is a serious problem in the United States which can cause severe injuries and (in the worst-case scenario) death. The best option for you is to report a drunk person who is preparing to drive or to select a designated driver to drive an addict home. Best of all, though, is the option of rehabilitation and recovery.
If you are suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or alcohol abuse or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.