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Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is defined as driving under the influence of too much alcohol. Many people drink at parties, bars or other social events, and then get in their cars to drive home. In most cases, these people are committing the act of drunk driving.

The practice of drunk driving is dangerous. In addition to steep legal fines, drunk driving has moral consequences -- there is a much greater possibility of injuring or killing someone while driving drunk, including yourself, your passengers or pedestrians. While driving drunk, you can also damage public and private property and destroy landscaping and wildlife. Drunk driving can also send you to jail. Whenever you drink and drive, you risk the penalties of drunk driving.

Although the penalties in most states for drunk driving are severe, including steep fines, suspended licenses and jail time, people keep practicing drunk driving. The fact is that drunk driving is responsible for thousands of fatalities and injuries per year, killing the people who are driving drunk, as well as many innocent victims, such as your passengers, nearby pedestrians or other drivers and their passengers. Every time you drink and drive, you take the risk of becoming another drunk-driving statistic.

In most states, if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is over .08% and you are operating a vehicle, you are guilty of drunk driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most 170-pound men must drink more than four drinks in one hour and most 137-pound women can have three drinks an hour, on an empty stomach, before either person's BAC reaches .08%.

Because exceeding these levels is not usually associated with normal social drinking, driving drunk can be a sign of alcoholism. If you think you have had too much alcohol to drive home safely, wait until you are sober, ask a friend for a ride or take public transportation home. Otherwise, you risk harming yourself or others.

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Drunk driving is often associated with alcoholism. Because most people understand that it is a serious crime with serious consequences, those who continue to practice drunk driving are at a greater risk for alcohol-related problems. If you find yourself repeatedly driving drunk, you should consider whether or not you have a problem with alcoholism.

If you suspect that your drunk driving is a sign of alcohol abuse, please think about getting help before you injure yourself or someone else. You may have had one or more DUI tickets, but there is still hope for you and your driving record. By seeking alcohol detox and long-term treatment, you are taking the first step toward curing yourself of alcoholism.

Treatment Referral provides referrals to rehabs that effectively treat alcohol, drug and substance abuse, addressing the behavioral and thinking patterns that directly contribute to alcoholism and its consequences. If alcoholism might be a problem for you or someone you love, we encourage you to give Treatment Referral a call today to learn more about your treatment options.

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