While many people enjoy drinking socially, there are way too many who do not know when to stop. Unfortunately, many end up dead along the side of the road, in jail for a long time or handicapped in some way for the rest of their lives. If you think that you may have started drinking too much, here are four dangers to watch out for before you take another swig.
Driving Under the Influence
According to Daniels Long & Pinsel, it is estimated that three in every 10 Americans drive while under the influence of alcohol. When they are found guilty in court, they may spend up to a year in county jail. During that year, they may miss the opportunity to watch their children perform, birthdays, holiday and other special occasions. The results can be even more tragic following a deadly driving under the influence accident. It is estimated that over 10,000 people die each year in an alcohol-related accident.
Risk of Death
It is estimated that over 2,000 people die from alcohol poisoning in the United States annually. It is estimated that over 88,000 people died from alcohol-related deaths annually. If all those lost years were added up, it would be 2.5 million years. Think about all the problems that could be solved in the world if those people had been allowed to live a normal lifespan. Additionally, many people develop major alcohol-related illnesses.
Many people who drink too much end up losing their jobs. Additionally, many people end up being hurt in a workplace accident where one of the workers has used alcohol either right before work or during working hours. Often it is not the alcoholic that gets hurt, but those who have to work with him or her. It is estimated that lost productivity costs businesses over $249 billion annually. While many employers have a lenient policy, in the beginning, many employers end up having to fire people who drink too much.
Many people who are chronic alcoholics also are abusers. According to studies, 60 percent of sexual offenders have a chronic alcohol issue. Alcohol also affects homes where 27 percent of domestic violence involves alcohol and alcohol were present in 13 percent of child abuse cases. Finally, 37 percent of people found guilty of assault were alcoholics. This is, of course, not to say that just because you drink that you will abuse those around you. If you start to take your aggression out on others while you drink, however, then it may be a sign that it’s time to let go of the bottle.
If you think that you are drinking too much, then consider these facts. On the other hand, if someone you love is drinking too much, then use these facts during an intervention. There is plenty of help available to stop drinking.