Does a DUI Equal an Alcohol Problem?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 28 people die each day as a result of drunk driving. Police officers do their best to prevent these deaths by pulling vehicles over after they show signs of intoxicated driving. Each year, these officers arrest 1.5 million people for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
After a driver is arrested for driving under the influence, they are often mandated to go through programs for alcohol or drug abuse. Many people get upset at this requirement because they don’t think they have a drinking problem. That brings up the question, does a DUI automatically mean you have alcoholism?
It may not mean you have alcoholism, which needs to be diagnosed by a medical professional, but it may mean you abuse alcohol. Statistics show than drunk drivers have driven drunk about 80 times before the first time they are arrested. Additionally, between 40-70 percent of those arrested for a DUI have prior alcohol related offenses. The number of people arrested during their first time drunk driving is very low because of education and DUI campaigns.
If you suspect you have a drinking problem, get help before you get behind the wheel again. Seabrook has been helping addicts and their families find the courage to recover for over 40 years. Call us today at 800.761.7575.