Drunk Driving

Putting a guy in the ground did nothing for our feeling indestructible, you know, kids that we were. That age of, ‘God, we’re young and strong and there’s nothing we can’t do. There are no consequences to this behavior.’ And even seeing it, going to the funeral, watching the hearse drive by, it was like, ‘Duh, didn’t make the connection.

Drunk driving, or driving under the influence (DUI) is defined as the crime of driving a vehicle with an excess of alcohol in the blood. For all 50 states in the United States, the legal limit has been set at a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08%. BAC is measured as the amount of alcohol per 100 milliliters (mL) of blood.

The number of drinks to reach that legal limit is different for everyone, based on gender, weight, height, body fat percentage, food intake, and other variables, so drinking any amount of alcohol and then driving is not only risking a DUI, but also one’s own life and the life of others.

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 must consume three drinks an hour, before BAC reaches 0.08%. Because exceeding these levels is not usually associated with normal social drinking, driving drunk is a sign of alcoholism.

A 40-year-old recovering alcoholic reflects on his experience with the loss of a friend in a drunk driving accident in his early twenties:

Putting a guy in the ground did nothing for our feeling indestructible, you know, kids that we were. That age of, ‘God, we’re young and strong and there’s nothing we can’t do. There are no consequences to this behavior.’ And even seeing it, going to the funeral, watching the hearse drive by, it was like, ‘Duh, didn’t make the connection.

Drunk driving is dangerous, bottom line. In addition to steep legal fines, a suspended license, and potential jail time, drunk driving can have permanent consequences since alcohol’s impairment greatly increases the possibility of injuring or killing someone, of damaging public and private property, and of destroying landscaping and wildlife. Any time alcohol is consumed before operating a vehicle, the risks are extremely high.

Even though the penalties in most states for drunk driving and driving under the influence are severe, people continue to drink and drive. The fact is that drunk driving is responsible for thousands of fatalities and injuries every year. Often times innocent victims, such as passengers, nearby pedestrians, or other drivers and their passengers, lose their lives because of someone else’s choice to drive under the influence of alcohol.

Recovery Now TV provides referrals to rehab facilities that effectively treat alcohol and drug abuse by addressing the behavioral 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 call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 today to learn more about your treatment options.

Drunk Driving Statistics

Rates of alcohol-related accidents, injuries, and fatalities illustrate just how problematic drunk driving is in the United States today.

Drunk driving statistics communicate the extent of the problem in the U.S. Many people continue to drive drunk, regardless of arrest, accident, injury, and death rates.

The following statistics highlight the problem and the need for alcohol treatment.

  1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 10,228 people died in the United States during an alcohol-impaired driving accident in 2010 alone, making alcohol responsible for one-third of all traffic-related deaths that year.
  2. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,322 people died in an alcohol-related traffic accident in 2012, an average of one person every 51 minutes.
  3. The CDC found that every person charged with a driving under the influence (DUI) offense had driven drunk an average of 80 times before his or her arrest.
  4. The NHTSA reports that, every day, another 28 people in the U.S. will die as the result of a drunk driving accident.
  5. The NHTSA also reports that 226 children were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2011, and of those, 54% (122 children) were riding with the intoxicated driver.
  6. Drunk driving, and driving under the influence, costs the United States $132 billion every year, meaning that each tax-paying adult is charged $500 each year. (statistic from the NHTSA)
  7. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that drunk driving is highest among the 21 to 25-year-old age bracket, accounting for 23.4% of all alcohol-related accidents and DUI arrests.
  8. 1.4 million driving under the influence (DUI) arrests were made in 2010. This number represents only 1% of the total number of adults (112 million) who self-report alcohol-impaired driving that year.
  9. 50% to 75% of those arrested for DUI continued to drive with a suspended license.
  10. Every 90 seconds, someone is injured in an alcohol-related accident.

Drink driving is a preventable cause of many accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the United States every day. When alcohol abuse has progressed to alcoholism, which is an addiction to alcohol, it is nearly impossible to stop drinking without professional help.

If alcoholism and drunk driving are a problem for you or for someone you love, we encourage you to call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731. The team is ready to help you find treatment!

The Effects of Alcohol

Escape, absolutely escape. It’s all about running away, numbing your feelings because you can’t, I can’t, accept life on life’s terms.”

- a 35-year-old woman addicted to alcohol

Although legal, alcohol is one of the most dangerous mind-altering substances. Current society does not discourage drinking, other than by having a legal drinking age and a series of penalties for certain behaviors chosen while under the inevitable influence of alcohol.

Binge drinking is popular among college students and young adults as a social activity and as a way to be cool. Consequences are not understood, or taken into consideration, when a party is happening or when peers are engaged in over consumption.

Each month, 126 million Americans, accounting for 52% of the entire nation’s population of people aged 12 years and older, consumed at least one alcoholic beverage. 16 million of these people are categorized as heavy drinkers who have five or more drinks in a month.

With over half of the United States engaging in alcohol consumption, it is important to understand exactly how alcohol affects the human body and brain.


Since the body treats alcohol as a toxic poison, 2% to 10% of alcohol is automatically eliminated via saliva, sweat, urine, and the breathe. The 90% to 98% that makes it into the stomach and the bloodstream is metabolized by the liver, the lungs, and the kidneys, which were not designed to break down a substance like alcohol. Repeated drinking destroys these vital organs.

Desired Effects

Little by little alcohol became my friend. It would give me confidence and it would give me that buzz, and I would get that euphoric feeling that you feel when you’ve got alcohol.

While alcohol can seem to enact positive feelings, the desired effects are only temporary. The alcohol “high” is described as a euphoria by some, and as a great way to escape from reality by others. For most heavy drinkers, alcohol is a medicine of sorts that allows for the self-treatment of pain and difficult situations. The ability to drink until a blackout, or a loss of consciousness, serves as a temporary way to forget about aching emotions and less than pleasant aspects of life.

Impairment of Motor Skills

Alcohol affects a person’s ability to properly function. Alcohol is a depressant and slows down motor skills like coordination, decision making, judgment, eye movement, visual perception, reaction time, and concentration. When impaired in these ways, which are all necessary for safe driving, accidents, injuries, and fatalities are certain.

Physical Effects

While used to have a good time or to escape, alcohol is causing great danger to the entire central nervous system (CNS), which is responsible for all functioning. The organs and tissues of the digestive system are immediately impacted, the stomach taking the first hit, and the liver working hard to metabolize the harmful substance.

Gastritis of the stomach, alcohol-induced hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, hypoglycemia, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, stroke, heart disease, dementia, Wernicke’s encephalopathy, Korsakoff’s psychosis, breast cancer, cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, and esophagus, sexual dysfunction, premature death, and permanent damage to the musculoskeletal system, the skin, the immune system, and to healthy mental and emotional functioning are all inevitable when alcohol abuse continues for long periods of time.    

If you, or someone you know, as a problem with alcohol, contact Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731. Change is possible, treatment is available! 

Assessing for Alcohol Abuse & Addiction

Every minute I was throwing up; and when I couldn’t throw up, I was dry heaving. And at the end when I wasn’t throwing up anymore, I wanted to drink again.

Alcoholism is a deadly disease. The progression from recreational use to harmful abuse and addiction can happen rapidly and without warning.


A clear indication that alcohol is being abused is that negative ramifications, directly from the use of alcohol, are occurring and a person still drinks anyway.

Examples are continuing to drink after being arrested for DUI, after causing a car accident, after losing a job or a relationship, after failing out of school, after being diagnosed with a medical ailment, after experiencing physically-damaging withdrawal symptoms, or after experiencing financial devastation because of drinking.


When alcohol abuse continues, and a person has lost control over his or her drinking, has become obsessed with alcohol and its consumption, continues to drink despite further adverse life consequences, denies any problem with alcohol, and has a likelihood of relapsing, or returning to alcohol, even when drinking stops for a period of time, this person is addicted to alcohol.


So I was, oh, six hours into my drinking; I was in the bathroom by the toilet all night long. I couldn’t leave. Every minute I was throwing up; and when I couldn’t throw up, I was dry heaving. And at the end when I wasn’t throwing up anymore, I wanted to drink again.

That 43-year-old female recovering alcoholic’s experience shows just how powerful an addiction to alcohol can become. Even when severely uncomfortable and physically damaging consequences were happening each time she drank, this woman still wanted and needed to consume alcohol.

When alcoholism has taken over an individual’s life, drunk driving often becomes a regular choice. A few drinks does not seem like much to someone who consumes alcohol regularly, but as the following experiment shows, the impairment of alcohol happens regardless.

An Ashland, Oregon Police Department Traffic Safety Officer shares his work with drunk driving:

A number of years ago, I did a test in which I brought a number of individuals down to the police department; I had them drink various amounts of alcohol and then drive a short obstacle course. Some were social drinkers and some didn’t drink at all except on very rare occasions. What I found was this:

  1. One of the social drinkers felt he did the driving test fairly well and that he felt ‘absolutely fine to drive.’ I told him I would have arrested him for driving under the influence. When I put him on the Breathalyzer machine, his was the highest blood alcohol of everybody there. This overconfidence in drinkers is fairly common.
  2. The people who didn’t drink very often and actually had much less to drink than this individual were saying when they took the driving test, ‘There was no way in the world that I’d drive.’ Their Breathalyzer results were way under the limit.

When you can identify alcohol abuse or addiction in yourself or someone you love, the time for action is now! By calling Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731, you can stop the cycle of addiction today.

Treatment for Alcohol Abuse & Addiction

To break the cycle of alcoholism, call the team at Recovery Now TV.  Detoxification, inpatient treatment, and an outpatient program are the best way to achieve sobriety and a new life of recovery. Call now: 800-281-4731!

Alcoholics and drug addicts cannot stop drinking and using alone. After an extended period of substance abuse, with a progression to addiction, outside intervention and formal treatment are necessary.

Alcohol Detoxification

The process of withdrawal from alcohol, when drinking stops, can be fatal. Consequently, it is important for all alcohol detox to be medically monitored. With proper attention, medications, and surveillance of vital signs, the detoxification process from alcohol can be done safely and with minimal discomfort.

In order for any healing to happen, the body must rid itself of all residual toxins from continuous drinking. Detox can take several days or weeks to complete, after which formal treatment can begin.

Inpatient Treatment

After alcohol is completely out of an individual’s system, the true work begins. Learning new ways of coping without alcohol, and facing life without escaping and self-medicating takes dedication. In the right treatment center, with a highly-trained staff of substance abuse counselors, psychiatrists, and peers, a former alcoholic can learn to make different choices each day.

In this level of care, residency and treatment occur at the same time, at the same location. Clients are monitored twenty-four hours a day without access to any mind-altering substances.

Outpatient Treatment

At this level of care, generally serving as a follow-up to inpatient treatment, clients have returned to their everyday lives and are now participating in a program during the day or the evening, depending on work, school, and family schedules.

The same techniques, coping skills, and level of commitment are practiced in an outpatient program, but individuals now have a greater sense of freedom and accountability for their choices.

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