Drinking and Driving: A Deadly Combination!


Scores of people fall prey to accidents caused by drunken drivers. In most states out there, drunken driving is refereed as DUI (Driving Under the Influence). Today, statistics reveal some alarming data about DUI. It’s reported that DUI cases occur every 45 minutes in the United States alone. The global death toll figures are also quite upsetting. It’s estimated that one person dies in some part of the world every 40 minutes due to a road rash case. Let’s have an in-depth look at the lethal consequences of drinking and driving.

Serious Accidents

One of the apparent serious risks involved in drunk and driving incident is fatal accidents. Once inside the body, alcohol functions like any other depressants, thereby slowing down our senses. This implies that our co-ordination ability and response timing takes a hit under the influence of alcohol. Consequently, we end up using the brakes when it’s too late, or for that matters notice the car ahead of us while on the verge of an accident. You might think that you are driving in a straight lane, but in reality your car might be driving down the lane in a haphazard manner. Subsequently, one might get involved in a dramatic accident case.

Ruin Other People’s Life

It’s no secret to learn that even the best drivers out there can transform into a miserable one under the influence of alcohol. On a more negative front, those who aren’t good behind the wheels will only intensify their poor driving skills. Poor and rash driving will not only endanger your life, but can also ruin others life, which includes the passengers and the trespassers who are at no fault. The chances of bumping into another vehicle or some pedestrians are really high, when a drunken driver loses control of his car. From permanent injuries to death, the consequences can be deadly over here. Drunken driving is most hated for this apparent reason.

Legal Hassles

Accidents can be as jeopardizing as it can get. Some of the most obvious chain reactions that are involved with accidents are suspension of driving license or fine of a certain amount. Where human lives are involved, one might easily see themselves behind the bars. Once behind the bars, many legal rights are withheld. Not to undermine the pain and discomfort associated with the whole ordeal. All these factors will not only involve legal proceedings, but can also empty your bank account.

Needless to say, such an incident can hugely affect your personal and professional life as well. One’s self esteem will also get affected because there are chances that your friends and family members might disown you to avoid all the hassles involved in the legal proceedings. You might end up losing trust in yourself. Overall, a single fatal event can spell a bad cast in your life that will leave you with lifetime worth of regrets.

A recent study on DUI has unveiled the fact that 1 out of every 5 deaths are a result of road accidents. This report in itself speaks volume about the downside of DUI. In fact, road accidents are blamed to be the most dominant causes of global deaths after AIDS and childhood infection.

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