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The Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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ImageDespite the fact that drinking and driving is against the law, many people decide to get behind the wheel after they have consumed alcohol. While some get away with this, others find themselves in trouble with the law.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2010.

That statistic alone should show you why it is so dangerous to drink and drive. If that is not enough, here are a couple other stats from the CDC to keep in mind:

  • In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics
  • Among motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes in 2010, 28% had a blood alcohol content level of 0.08% or greater

Do you have a Problem?

If you have a problem with alcohol, there is a good chance you have taken to the road after you have had too much to drink. As a result, you are taking a huge risk with your life, while also putting others in harm’s way.

Rather than continue down this path, hoping that you eventually quit drinking, it is time to get the help you need.

If you are able to quit cold turkey, you may find yourself on the right path sooner than you imagined. Of course, this will not be easy, especially if you are faced with serious withdrawal symptoms.

For those who need professional assistance, checking into a rehab facility would be in your best interest. During this time, you will go through detox and take part in counseling and therapy sessions. Not only will this allow you to kick alcohol out of your life, but it will help you from a mental and emotional point of view as well.

Drinking and driving is a serious problem that leads to millions of arrests and thousands of deaths every year.

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