Drunk Driving: Know the Consequences

The costs are greater than you know

How many times have you been in this situation? You’re out at a bar or club, you’ve had a few drinks and you’re feeling pretty good. As the night winds down, it’s time to go home. You know you’re not sober, but it’s not that big a deal, right? You can drive just fine. Of course, the truth is that you can’t. Your judgment has been impaired by alcohol. Every time you decided to drive drunk, you’re putting not just your own life, but the lives of other drivers at risk. Maybe you’ve gotten lucky and have never experienced the negative consequences of driving under the influence, but statistics show that if you continue to press your luck, it’s just a matter of time until you do.

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When you get behind the wheel drunk, you put everyone at risk

If you’re wondering just how many drinks it takes to diminish your judgment, it’s much less than you would think. One drink is typically defined as 1.5 ounces of liquor, 5 ounces of wine, or twelve ounces of beer, and after just two drinks, your ability to judge yourself and your surroundings begin to drop. After three or four, your coordination, alertness, and concentration have gone. Finally, at five or six drinks, your response time becomes dangerously slow, your ability to process what you see in front of you becomes severely impaired and the odds of you being able to pay attention to the road are basically non-existent.

So what’s the potential for damage? According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, drunk driving kills 27 people a day, and has been either directly or indirectly responsible for thirty thousand deaths in just the last three years, and it’s estimated that six thousand of them were children. Even if you yourself are not injured while drunk driving, there’s a thirty-three percent chance that you will injure someone else. If these statistics are not enough to deter you, there’s also the legal aspect. More than a million and a half arrests for drunk driving are made every year, and more and more sobriety checkpoints are being set up as time goes on, which makes it more likely that even if you don’t injure or kill someone with your driving, you can still end up getting arrested, losing your license, and even going to prison.

Final Word

The next time you’re out drinking, designate a sober driver, call a cab or use the Uber or Lyft apps, call a friend, take the bus. There are so many easy alternatives to getting behind the wheel drunk and potentially killing yourself and others. For more information and a list of drunk driving resources, you can visit Alcoholawareness.org, and if you or a loved one is in need of help with substance abuse, Call Ridgeview Ranch Today at (800) 296-1868. We’re Here to Help!

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