Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. Even a small amount can impair judgment and coordination. Larger amounts can make it dangerous to get behind the wheel of a car. The more you drink before driving, the more likely you are to cause a fatal accident. Once the level of alcohol in your blood is .08, you are five times more likely to crash your vehicle than if you didn’t have anything to drink. This is just one reason why drinking and driving is so dangerous.
Symptoms of High Blood Alcohol Content
Blood Alcohol Content, or BAC, is the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream. In all 50 states, when your BAC exceeds .08, you are legally intoxicated. A BAC of .08 impairs:
- Visual acuity
- Reaction time
These impairments can cause you to make bad decisions while driving. For instance, you may misjudge the distance between your vehicle and another vehicle, or you may run a stop sign or a red light.
Legal Consequences of Drinking and Driving
Certainly, the worst consequence of drinking and driving is harming yourself or someone else. Even if you’re lucky enough to walk away from your drive unscathed, you can still face legal problems.
Driving with a BAC of. 08 or over is illegal. You may face legal fees, stiff fines, loss of driving privileges, community service, and even time in jail. Your insurance premium is likely to shoot up as well.
Most police officers agree that when they catch someone drinking and driving, it often isn’t the first time that they’ve done it.
If an officer stops you for driving while intoxicated, take an honest look at your drinking patterns. It may help to consult with close friends or family members to decide if you have an alcohol addiction.
Importance of Treatment
If you’re struggling with alcohol dependence, it’s important to get help before you hurt yourself or somebody else. There are many alcohol treatment facilities available. Many people find, though, that the best program for them is a partial hospitalization treatment center.
Partial hospitalization keeps you away from alcohol entirely and gives you the chance to bond closely with other people who have the same problem. A facility like Crestview Recovery offers evidence-based treatment in both individual and group settings. Each client has an individualized care plan as well as an aftercare plan.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest and are dealing with an addiction to alcohol or other substances, call for an appointment at Crestview Recovery at 866.262.0531. We can help you back on the road to recovery.