Drinking and driving can lead to accidents, injuries, and even death. Although some people believe alcohol is a stimulant, it’s actually a central nervous system depressant. When your blood alcohol level is .08 or above, several symptoms start to occur. These include poor judgment, bad reflexes, lack of coordination, distorted vision, and slow reaction times.
Consequences of Drinking and Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,265 people in the United States died in 2015 due to alcohol-related car crashes.
In all of the fifty states as well as the District of Columbia, driving under the influence means driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or above. Additionally, there’s a “no tolerance” law for people under the age of 21 who drive after consuming any amount of alcohol.
Drinking and driving carries serious legal consequences. In many jurisdictions, you will face fines or even jail time. The court will also revoke your driver’s license for up to six months. Subsequent offenses lead to harsher punishments.
Addiction to Alcohol
Many people who engage in drinking and driving do so because they struggle with an alcohol use disorder. Symptoms of alcohol addiction include:
- Interference with daily activities
- Residential injuries
- Declining health
- Inability to control the amount you are drinking
- Needing more alcohol to feel drunk or high
- Concealing the amount of alcohol you are drinking
- Making alcohol the focus point in your life
Getting Treatment for Drinking and Driving
If you have a problem with alcohol, or if you’re dealing with a charge of drinking and driving, don’t let your life slip by on a downward spiral. Located in the Hollywood Hills, The Hills Treatment Center can help you regain control with our alcohol addiction rehab program.
While you are at The Hills Treatment Center, we guard your confidentiality. Nobody but the professionals treating you can look at your records without your consent. We offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment services. Inpatient detox is also available.
The Hills Treatment Center welcomes members of the LGBTQ community. We also have a special program for women who are addicted to prescription pain medication.
As the treatment program draws to a close, counselors provide life skills education and job placement assistance.
We accept clients from all over the country. We welcome pets, so you don’t need to worry about your animal companions while you are in treatment. In addition to world-class addiction therapy services, we also offer yoga and massage to enhance treatment. We also have an on-site, world-class chef to provide meals that are both delectable and nutritious.
If you have had a problem with driving while drunk or if you believe you are alcohol dependent, get in touch with The Hills Treatment Center and get your life back. Call us today at 866-323-4665 to learn more about our addiction treatment programs.