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!

What Happens When You Give Up Alcohol

Here are some things you can expect when you decide to stop drinking

Whether you feel like you’re just overdoing it on the drinking and want to stop before it becomes an issue or it has already become a problem that is affecting your work and personal relationships, giving up alcohol can be a difficult process, as it is still an extremely addictive substance. Nonetheless, there are so many benefits to giving up drinking that it is worth pushing through the pains of withdrawal. You’ll very quickly start to see how putting a stop to drinking can improve so many aspects of your life. However, there are some negative things to expect as well as your body adjusts to the lack of alcohol. That’s why we’ve compiled a helpful overview of some of the things – good and bad – that you can expect when you give up alcohol.

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What you need to know

First, the bad news: There’s a strong chance you’ll be getting sugar cravings. The reason for this is that when you stop drinking, you’re denying your body a source of the “happy-making” chemical dopamine that it’s become used to getting from alcohol on a regular basis. With this sudden lack of a dopamine source, your body will more likely be making you reach for something sweet instead as a substitute. Another thing to expect is the difficulty while being around others who are drinking. If you’re just starting to kick the addiction, we recommend avoiding being around people who are drinking entirely. You’ll have to deal with the feeling of missing out, but being around people who are drinking, especially if you were frequently a social drinker before you quit, can drive you crazy with envy and desire for a drink and can make quitting that much harder.

But let’s move on to the good stuff: When you quit drinking, you’ll find yourself sleeping more soundly. While studies have found that alcohol may make you fall asleep more quickly, it disrupts the quality of sleep so you wake up feeling groggy and even more tired than when you went to bed. But when you stop drinking, quality of sleep improves, which not only is good news for your mood and concentration but your overall health in general. You’ll also find yourself losing weight without consuming all those extra carbs that hide in alcohol, especially sugary ones like margaritas and piña coladas. And a definite major bonus? You’ll have more money! Drinking, especially if you’re fond of expensive wine, scotch or whiskey, can leave you with an empty wallet. Take time to do the math and you’ll quickly realize that, while you may be missing out on those nights out, you’re saving yourself a bundle.

Final word

Quitting an addictive substance is never easy, but in the end, the benefits always outweigh any negative you might encounter. You’ll find yourself with an overall better quality of life and ensure that you’re there for the people you care about and who care about you. 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!

Say NO to Alcohol

 

 

Is My Loved One an Addict?

Today is never too late to be brand new - Ridgeview Ranch, Los Angeles, CAIn today’s society, drinking and using drugs is somewhat romanticized in the media. People of all ages, mainly those that are very impressionable, see various celebrities dabble with drugs, glorify copious amounts of drinking, going in and out of rehab as though it is simply a “normal” cycle, and people begin to think “Hmm, I’m okay. I don’t have a problem. It’s normal and possibly even cool”. Of course, that’s not to say that that is the sole cause of addiction; it’s an aid. Another wondrous aid– social media! It is the perfect outlet for people to paint a picture they want everyone to see– bottles on bottles in the VIP section, keg stands at tailgates, chugging from “fancy” bottles, etc. It’s difficult for some people to keep up (safely) with these pictures or differentiate perception versus reality. Some people are able to have one or two drinks and stop. Some people drink and their personalities don’t change except for an added tinge of happiness, but that is where they stop.

A person battling addiction doesn’t know when to stop. Once they have a sip– game on! You may notice your loved one drinking excessively and when they do, they are completely different people. There are many types of alcoholics, binge drinkers are just one of many varying forms. Drinking to the point of blacking out more than once in a month, is certainly not normal. If you cannot control yourself, and have absolutely no ability to stop yourself, you likely have a problem. Then you have the alcoholic that comes to most minds when the word alcoholic is said. The one that never stops drinking. From the second they wake up, to the minute they go to bed, they are deep into mass amounts of alcohol to keep from withdrawing. Once you become powerless to anything, you have no control. You can try everything to stop, and just can’t.

If your loved one is suffering from the disease of addiction, bombarding them with it constantly may push them away. They may begin to isolate and become distant. Their lives become a dark cave of lies, guilt, shame, hopelessness, and suffering. The people who love them; friends and family, suffer as well. There are tests they can take (see below), asking questions that may lead to the conclusion that maybe getting help is the next step. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Keeping yourself informed is the greatest way to help someone. Approach the situation from a sincere place. Knowledge is power, read about it, and ask about it.

H.O.P.E. - Hold On, Pain Ends - Ridgeview Ranch, Los Angeles, CAIf YOU think you are an addict and you don’t want anyone to know, and don’t know who to tell, or aren’t ready to stop, think about your life in the long term; will you live a deep and meaningful life that is not completely dependent on alcohol or drugs? Will you be able to develop and maintain successful relationships? Do you want the rest of your life, for your partner to be your drug of choice? Can you stop? Can you go months without it? Have you ever Googled “How can I get help” WHILE under the influence? Do you oftentimes find yourself waking up in the morning not wanting to talk to or see anyone because you are embarrassed about things you may have done or said the night before? Do you wake up worried about your drunken Facebook postings? If you’re answering yes to most of these, and you can relate to many of the things in this blog, call Ridgeview Ranch Treatment Center TODAY at (800) 296-1868 to speak confidentially with one of our recovery specialist, available 24/7, to answer your questions, provide you help and support and to guide you to a new life of healing and sobriety.

Remember, the first step towards a better life is admitting you have a problem! The rest will come and your life will start to change in beautiful ways. No one deserves a life of dependency and darkness. Live the life you deserve.

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