These are just a few of the recent headlines from around the state referencing
alcohol-related accidents. Drinking and driving is still a major public
health issue, more than 35 years after the Ad Council memorably reminded
us that “Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk.”
Friends also try to help each other through the tough times, and some of
life’s hardest lessons are encountered by those individuals who
battle alcohol addiction. In an attempt to reduce the stigma associated
with this chronic disease, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug
Dependence (NCADD) has been
sponsoring April as Alcohol Awareness Month since 1987.
Hoping to “increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its
causes, effective treatment and recovery,” Alcohol Awareness Month
seeks to make it easier for sufferers to get help and reclaim their lives.
According to NCADD, excessive alcohol use is responsible for 88,000 deaths annually and an
average of 30 years of potential life is lost for each death. It can lead
to cardiovascular problems, psychiatric problems, liver diseases, social
problems, and unintentional injuries. Many of these issues affect more
than just the alcoholic, making it in everyone’s best interest to
foster support and treatment options.
Recovery from this most commonly used addictive substance is possible –
as many as 20 million individuals and family members in the U.S. are now
Defined as “a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness
and quality of life,” recovery benefits us all by keeping drivers
prone to alcohol abuse from imbibing in the first place.
It doesn’t take much alcohol to affect basic driving skills. Beer,
wine, or hard liquor consumption impairs coordination, judgment, reaction
time, concentration, comprehension, visual acuity, and more. All of these
skills are prerequisites for safely driving a motor vehicle.
Not sure whether you have a problem? Alcohol Awareness Month encourages
everyone to engage in three alcohol-free days. Typically observed the
first weekend of April, you can challenge yourself to stop drinking during
any weekend. If you experience difficulty or discomfort in this 72-hour
experiment, do yourself and those around you a favor and contact
local NCADD affiliates,
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or
Al-Anon to learn more about alcoholism.
If you have any questions about this topic, or have been hurt by a drunk
driver, you can find out more by discussing it with the Miami, FL, drunk
driving accident attorneys at Stabinski & Funt, P.A. For 45 years,
we have been the trusted advocates for countless DWI victims, and we are
highly experienced in handling a wide range of car and truck accident
cases throughout South Florida. We also work on a contingency basis, which
means that if there is no recovery, there is no fee or cost to you. If
you wish to learn more about how our firm can be of assistance, we encourage
you to contact us for a free consultation by calling 305-643-3100 or
filling out a case evaluation form.