December 12, 2011

Young People Drinking – The Road To Alcohol Addiction

StopOkay, I recently received an email from Rebecca, with some really good questions about young people drinking, and the problems that this culture can lead to.

So first I just want to thank Rebecca, but add that this only is my own personal opinion, and that any recommendations made by is just good wholesome advice.

Anyway, on to the first question…

Do you think allowing people to bring their own alcohol into clubs is a good idea? If not why?

No, definitely not. The whole alcohol culture is just an excuse to make people believe that they cannot have a good time without alcohol, and clubs are on the whole an arena full of available addictions, so I would not loosen the restrictions already in place, I would add further restrictions to make to more difficult to purchase alcohol in the first place. The real problem is that too much money is made by selling alcohol, making any changes to protect people from alcohol even more complicated.

Do you think it will encourage young people to drink more?

Well yes it certainly will as the cheaper they can purchase alcohol at the more people will drink, so maybe as has been done with cigarettes, tax on alcohol should be increased to help push up the price of alcohol. Although if we are too just focus on Clubs, then maybe the first 2 or 3 drinks could be cheaper, as a way to restrict converting a social habit into an alcohol addiction.

Do you think it will encourage an increase in appropriate behavior such as fighting among people while on a night out?

Now you have touched a different aspect of drinking here, as we know that alcohol does lead in violence in some people, but not everybody. So although alcohol can lead to violence, it is not the only cause.

What advice would you give for young people who are buying their own alcohol before entering clubs and pubs in North East England?

My advice would be to remember that alcohol needs to given a great respect, and that with the more one drinks, the more risk they are at in getting hurt. When young people drink, they only need to know that they have to maintain a complete control over their actions, and more important of all that they manage to get home safely.

I realize that there does exist a drinking culture in North East England, but always remember not to mix alcoholic drinks, and never drink if you have to drive home later. Keep alcohol under control, and enjoy the nightlife available without ruining your life by abusing alcohol… It all goes back to plain old just being sensible!!!

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February 10, 2011

The Effects Of Drinking When Driving

StopAlcohol will effect a person well before the legal limit of intoxication is reached. The question stands that should a person be behind the wheel with any amount of alcohol in their system? Is ‘buzzed’ driving drunk driving or legal? There has been much research showing impairment of the system beginning at amounts far below the level required to be considered guilty of drunken driving.

All 50 states have designated a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 to be the legal limit for drunk driving. Reaching this limit can vary from person to person based on a number of factors such as Size, gender, physical condition, how much you have eaten, how much sleep you have had, if you are taking any medications, and the actual alcohol content of your chosen “drink.”

A “drink” consists of either one shot of liquor, a five-ounce glass of wine or one beer. All of these contain the same amount of alcohol.

At a .08 BAC level, drivers are so impaired that they are 11 times more likely to have a single-vehicle crash than drivers with no alcohol in their system. But 25 years of research has shown that some impairment begins for both males and females even after one drink. .02 BAC Level At the .02 blood alcohol concentration level, experiments have demonstrated that people exhibit some loss of judgment, begin to relax and feel good. But tests have also shown that drivers at the .02 level experience a decline in visual functions, affecting their ability to track a moving object, and experience a decline in the ability to perform two tasks at the same time.

.02 BAC Level – At the .02 blood alcohol concentration level, experiments have demonstrated that people exhibit some loss of judgment, They start to experience altered mood such as feeling relaxed and good. But tests have also shown that drivers at the .02 level have a decline in visual functions which can affect their ability to track a moving object, and experience a decline in the ability to perform two tasks at the same time (divided attention).

These changes may be very subtle and barely noticeable to the person who has had only one drink, but in an emergency situation while behind the wheel of a vehicle, they could cause the driver to react (or not react) as they would without having had a drink.

.08 BAC Level When someone drinking is approaching the borderline of legal intoxication, studies show that he or she has poor muscle coordination — affecting their balance, speech, vision, reaction time and hearing — find it more difficult to detect danger, and exhibit impaired judgment, self-control, reasoning ability and memory.

If someone with a BAC level of .05 gets behind the wheel, they would be operating the vehicle with a further reduction of coordination. The ability to track moving objects would grow harder and there would be more difficulty in steering. The driver would have a markedly reduced response in emergency situations.

A driver with a BAC of .08 will find it more difficult to concentrate, judge the speed of the vehicle, experience reduced information processing capability and exhibit impaired perception. At a .08 BAC level, drivers are impaired to the point that they are 11 times more likely to have a single-vehicle crash than drivers with no alcohol in their system. But 25 years of studies have shown that some impairment begins for both men and women even after only one drink.

That’s why it is not a good idea to drive no matter how much or how little that you have had to drink.

For the drinker, the above impairments may be hardly noticeable at the time, but the slow reaction times that they can create could be fatal in a emergency driving situation. No matter the situation, it is not a good idea to drive no matter how much or how little that you have had to drink. Further consideration is alcohol tolerance. Alcohol affects people differently. Some people have a higher response to drinking alcohol than others. Simply put, Those drinkers with a high response to alcohol can experience signs of impairment at the .02 BAC level whereas others do not experience effects until the .05 level.

The Safe Limit For this reason, in some states drivers can be arrested for driving while impaired even if their blood alcohol concentration is lower than the legal limit, if the law enforcement officer believes he has probable cause based on the behavior and reactions of the driver. It’s simply not a wise choice to get behind the wheel no matter how much you have had to drink. The only safe driving limit is .00 percent.

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May 19, 2008

Drinking and Driving

BreathBeing intoxicated does not mean that an individual has to be above the legal limit designated by law to feel the effects of alcohol. In fact, research has shown impairments begin far before a person reaches a blood alcohol level that would be considered illegal.

With this is mind, should an individual who consumes any amount of alcohol be considered safe behind the wheel of a vehicle?

A blood alcohol level, or BAC, of .08 has been defined as the legal limit to be found guilty of drunk driving in all 50 states.

However there are many factors that will affect your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Size, gender, physical condition, how much you have eaten, how much sleep you have had, if you are taking any medications, and the actual alcohol content of your chosen
“drink” can all cause limit variations from person to person.

A “drink” is either one shot of liquor, a five-ounce glass of wine or one beer, all of which contain the same amount of alcohol.

Take a look at this Blood Alcohol Level calculator:

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January 17, 2008

Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work

Alcoholics Anonymous is probably one of the oldest forms of dealing with an alcohol addiction, and anyone who has an alcohol addiction has likely to have heard of Alcoholics Anonymous also simply known as AA.

I have been to a few of there meetings and spoke to a number of people who have also attended there classes and most people seem to be giving me maixed feelings "It’s a bunch of unserious people that have no effective means of dealing there problems (Alcohol)". People have even told me that there techniques there use are not to modern day life, and they still live back in the old times.

So should you seek help from Alcoholics Anonymous? Here are a few questions which I can answer for you which might help you make the right decision.

What is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)?

Alcoholics Anonymous is a long-standing organization of people which are out to help alcoholics recovery from there alcohol addiction. Remaining sober is the goal for all those attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. But does this happen? More times than not most people do slip back into their old habits and hit the bottle again. The program they offer you is known as the twelve-step-program, which is aimed at helping alcoholics over come there drinking problem.

Just what does Alcoholics Anonymous do?

Alcoholics Anonymous offers hope and help to people who can’t afford to attend a private health clinic. In fact you’ll never be asked to put your hand in your pocket for money because it’s free. Basically you can attend as many times as you like or as few meeting as you like.  

You’ll find Alcoholics Anonymous hold meetings in nearly every major metropolitan city, and the meetings can be daily or just once a week, it all depends just how busy that alcohol rehab centre is.

If you have an alcohol addiction its worth attending a meeting, you don’t have to participate, you can just sit there and listen to the group leader as he addresses other peoples problems.

Just how does Alcoholics Anonymous help people?

Alcoholics Anonymous helps people by running an alcohol rehab program which is tailored with there twelve-step-program designed to stop you from drinking alcohol. But what is very interesting is that most people who run these programs are ex-alcoholics or had problems with drinking alcohol sometime in there life.

Now before you go off rushing to pick the phone up and find out where your nearest Alcoholics Anonymous rehab centre is, I advise you to do your research first, there are plenty of reputable website on the Internet which can help you, and some even offer 100% money back guarantee’s if they can’t help you over come your alcohol addiction. Remember you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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December 10, 2007

Drunk Driving and The Victims

This is society video depicting the sudden life changing moments that occur during a drunk driving accident. Does an excellent job of showing it from the victims and drunk drivers point of view. Every 32 minutes, there is a alcohol related traffic fatality in the USA. Every 2 minutes, there is a alcohol related traffic injury. Watch this video and maybe, just maybe, you’ll think twice before you take a drink and get into your car.

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December 4, 2007

Man Keeps Drinking Beer During Arrest

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Police say a man they pulled over for driving drunk continued to swig his beer during his arrest. Patrick Allain, 35, faces numerous charges after his arrest Monday night, the fourth time he’s been arrested for driving while intoxicated. Police say he hit two other cars and initially refused to stop when officers tried to pull him over.

When he finally stopped, Allain allegedly continued to drink a 40-ounce bottle of beer, telling officers, "You can charge me with whatever you want. It’s not going to stop me from drinking and driving."

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November 23, 2007

Drunk Driving Car Crash

Accidents caused due to drunken driving are one of the major-concern issues haunting the US in the past few decades. Drunken driving causes more than 16,000 automobile casualties every year, leading to more than a million deaths. Not to mention the millions of drivers that are arrested for drunken driving each passing year.

Several people who party into the wee hours of the night drive with the drink still inside them. Youth that attend rave parties are susceptible to a more serious problem, as they often mix drugs with their drink. All these activities are deemed not only dangerous but also illegal by law. Drunk driving endangers the lives of the drivers and their passengers as well as other people on the road.

Strict methods are employed by traffic authorities to restrict and impound drunk driving. Measures such as breathalyzers are adopted by traffic police to detect whether a driver is drunk or not. A breathalyzer can ascertain the amount of alcohol in the breath of a driver. Another factor to determine the presence of alcohol in the body of a driver is the blood alcohol concentration (BAC). A BAC level of more than 0.15 is considered unsafe for driving. There are other crude means adopted in certain jurisdictions such as making the suspected driver to walk in straight line or making them read out a passage.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is responsible for creating guidelines for safe driving. They have implemented rules under the National Minimum Drinking Age laws to wean drunken drivers off the road. According to their estimates, these laws have met with great success and have been able to prevent more than 20,000 drunken driving deaths in the past year.

Various organizations are dedicated to cause awareness about the problem of drunken driving. Particularly, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has met with a lot of popularity in this field. Media such as the television and newspapers are used extensively to educate people of the dangers of drunk driving. There are clips showing gruesome drunken driving deaths interspersed with movies and TV serials and true life accounts of victims.

The country has met with success in its fight against drunken driving. The number of fatalities is dwindling off with each passing year. There is a 33% decrease in the number of deaths this year from the past year. However, there is still a lot of work to be done and several organizations are working together to drive the bane of drunken driving into extinction.

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November 21, 2007

Teenage Drunk Driving

Teenage drunk driving is a serious problem for our nations youth. It’s hard to believe but more and more teenagers are using and abusing alcohol and/or drugs than ever before. Combine that with the intense peer pressure that teenagers go through and we have a serious problem called teenage drunk driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers between the ages of 15 and 20. One report puts the numbers of high school students who admit to driving after drinking at almost 50% of those polled. That’s a staggering statistic by any means but what’s even worse is that these are teenagers who aren’t used to being behind the wheel, going through emotional changes/puberty, and subject to a tremendous amount of peer pressure.

The problem comes from the amount of teenagers with access to alcohol and/or drugs. Statistics show that one out of every ten teens (age 12-13) drink alcohol at a minimum of once per month. By limiting the access that these teenagers have to drugs and/or alcohol we are half way there to controlling this dangerous problem of teenage drunk driving.

Teenage drunk drivers also face some serious legal consequences that will harm them into their adult lives. They face revocation of their driving privileges, stiff fines, probation, alcohol education and treatment, and community service not to mention potential jail/prison time for a severe offense.

Overall this problem has not gotten enough publicity and awareness… most parents don’t realize that their kids have access to alcohol nonetheless that they ‘may’ be driving drunk. The solutions to this problem encompass education, awareness, preventing access to alcohol, and most of all prevention.

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November 19, 2007

Social Implications of Drunk Driving

Like it or not DUI or drunk driving has many social implications within society today. If you are convicted of driving under the influence here’s what you can expect from friends, family, co-workers and the like…

Most people who have not had first hand experience with DUI have the “it won’t ever happen to me” attitude and as such are quick to judge the person who may be experiencing a DUI charge (regardless of guilt).

DUI is one of those crimes in society that people love to hate because it is highly publicized and reported by lobbying organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) who greatly distort the statistics.

While no one condones actually driving under the influence or breaking the law, the fact of the matter is that it is NOT illegal to drink and then drive. It is perfectly legal to drive so long as you are capable of driving safely and your blood alcohol level is below the legal limit (currently .08%). But MADD has been fighting very hard to make people believe that ‘drunk driving’ is a worse problem than it actually is in comparison to other dangerous driving activities like talking on a cell phone while driving, driving while texting (DWT), and even just plain old speeding.

The organization has done a lot of good by lowering the allowable BAC to this level but they continue to push for lower levels by distorting the actual statistics and pushing other serious traffic concerns to the back burner because they insist on keeping the spotlight on alcohol. By keeping the spotlight on alcohol they get more federal funding for the MADD organization.

As you can tell by now the social implications of a DUI charge and/or conviction are much more than just a misdemeanor record. You have powerful lobbying organizations shaping public attitude and creating the ‘stigma’ of getting a DUI. You’ll be dealing with this after charged for drunk driving.

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October 30, 2007

Drunk Driving

Alcohol is a major factor in traffic accidents. According to U.S Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) projections, there is an alcohol-related traffic fatality every 29 minutes.

Alcohol-related crashes are defined as those where someone involved, either a driver or a pedestrian or another non-occupant, had a traceable amount of alcohol in his or her blood. According to NHTSA projections, 17,941 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2006, the highest level since 1992 and up 2.4 percent from 17,525 in 2005. Alcohol was involved in 41 percent of all crash fatalities in 2006.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2004 (latest data available). The arrest rate works out to one arrest for every 139 licensed drivers in the United States.

The definition of drunk driving is consistent throughout the United States. Every state and the District of Columbia defines impairment as driving with a BAC (blood alcohol content) at or above 0.08. In addition, they all have zero tolerance laws prohibiting drivers under the age of 21 from drinking and driving. Generally the BAC in these cases is 0.02.

Anti-drunk driving campaigns especially target drivers under the age of 21, repeat offenders and 21 to 34 year olds, the age group that is responsible for more alcohol-related fatal crashes than any other. Young drivers are those least responsive to arguments against drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

To make sellers and servers of liquor more careful about to whom and how they serve drinks, 43 states and the District of Columbia hold liquor servers legally liable for the damage and injuries a drunk driver causes.

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