The Real Effects of Drunk Driving

One of the paramount causes of driving drunk is peer pressure. Young adults want to show off for their friends, or pretend not to be drunk, just to impress each other, or because they don’t want anyone else to drive their car.

The effects of drunk driving put teens at a higher risk than adult drinkers because they definitely do not know their alcohol tolerance limit. Sometimes even adults feel peer pressure.

An example would be the designated driver who is cajoled into having just a few drinks. When it is time to leave the party or bar, the designated driver has ingested less alcohol than the others, so they end up driving drunk.

The causes and effects of drinking and driving are staggering. Poor coordination, disorientation, blackouts, slurred speech, poor self-esteem and double vision are just the short-term effects of alcohol abuse.

The long-term effects of alcohol consumption can include heart disease, peptic ulcers and a debilitating liver disease called cirrhosis.

Studies have shown it only takes three to four, 12-ounce beers to inebriate a 170 pound male and that an average sized woman can become intoxicated after only one to three of those same beers.

These statistics may seem unbelievable, but they are accurate. In one hour, a person can become so disoriented they can cause a terrible crash if they drive.

There are national programs established to illustrate drinking and driving do not mix. Statistics show millions of people die every year and over 1 billion dollars of property damage occurs yearly as a result of alcohol abuse. These statistics show the deadly effects of drunk driving.

Drunk driving is a major problem that law enforcement is striving to prevent and control. If a person is caught driving drunk, it can result in jail, which results in a criminal record.

If a pattern of drunk driving is established, the driver can lose his or her license and employment, and it could affect their personal relationships as well.