CONSEQUENCES OF OVER CONSUMPTION
Did you know...approximately 79,000 people die each year from alcohol-related incidents, mainly illnesses and motor vehicle accidents? How about that excessive drinking can also cause short and long-term memory loss and may increase the risk for depression? What about the loss of a college scholarship?
If you think getting a hangover is the worst thing that can happen from drinking too much, then you are wrong. From that first sip, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream
. Within 10 minutes its immediate effects can be felt (source: NIAAA). As you drink, you increase your blood alcohol concentration
(BAC) level, which is the amount of alcohol present in your bloodstream. The higher the BAC, the more impaired you become by alcohol's effects. What starts with a feeling of relaxation and reduced inhibitions moves to slurred speech, motor impairment and confusion
. The more you drink, the higher your BAC becomes and the graver the effects can be, including coma, breathing problems and even death.
It cannot be overstated, the over consumption of alcohol carries many consequences. Please watch this video segment
sharing how one night of excessive drinking ruined two lives.
THE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES?
Because alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream, over time, excessive alcohol use (in the form of heavy drinking and/or binge drinking) can lead to numerous health problems including chronic diseases, neurological impairments and social problems. Liver failure is the most common damage
, followed by the kidneys and other organs. Alcohol is linked to causing other health hazards such as:
Click here to learn the effects of alcohol on specific parts of the body
- Increased risk for obesity
- Increased risk for stroke and high blood pressure
- Increased risk for breast cancer and cancer of the pancreas
- Birth defects, if consumed during pregnancy
- Dementia, stroke and neuropathy
- Liver diseases, including fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis
- Gastrointestinal problems, including pancreatitis and gastritis
- Alcohol abuse or alcoholism.
In addition, there are a myriad of other unintentional injuries that can result from intoxication such as motor-vehicle traffic crashes, falls, drowning, burns and firearm injuries.
THE PERSONAL CONSEQUENCES?
Alcohol alters your brain's functioning
. Therefore, most people that abuse alcohol or have an alcohol addiction suffer from serious social problems brought on by their drinking.
- Lost productivity on the job
- Family problems, which can lead to estrangement with parents or divorce if you are married
- Violence including child maltreatment, sexual assaults, fights and even homicide
Sadly, every year, an estimated 696,000 students ages 18-24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking and 97,000 students ages 18-24 experience alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
For college students
, abusing alcohol on campus comes with stiff financial and academic consequences
. Disciplinary action, community service, hefty financial fines, loss of on campus housing and even expulsion from school can be the result of alcohol related misconduct.
THE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES?
According to the NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence), alcohol, more than any illegal drugs) plays a particularly strong role in the relationship to crime and other social problems
. Alcohol is a factor in 40% of all violent crimes today which include murder, rape, assault, child and spousal abuse. According to the Department of Justice, 37% of almost 2 million convicted offenders currently in jail, report that they were drinking at the time of their arrest.
CONSEQUENCES OF A DUI
Unfortunately, all too often, an intoxicated person decides to drive. In 2015, 10,265 people died in drunk driving crashes - one every 51 minutes - and 290,000 were injured. The highest percentage of drunk drivers are between the ages 21 to 24 (30 percent%), followed by ages 25 to 34 (29 percent%) and 35 to 44 (24 percent%). Drunk driving costs the United States $132 billion a year - that's $500 from each adult per year.
(Sources: MADD and National Highway Traffic Safety Association). If you are arrested and incarcerated for driving under the influence (DUI) then that price tag just increased to about $7,000.
In Massachusetts, the legal limit of blood alcohol content (BAC) for individuals 21 years and older is .08. The limit for individuals under 21 is .02.
Individuals who make the choice to get behind the wheel while intoxicated are taking the risk of possible arrest and incarceration. They will be asked to participate in a field sobriety test. Individuals who fail a sobriety test are arrested, searched, fingerprinted and locked in a cell for the night.
DUI offenders often lose current student loans; if they have not applied for one yet, they may now be ineligible. The individual is also required to explain over and over on job applications why they were arrested, and disclose information about the DUI they acquired.
Additional DUI fees include:
These expenses can add up to over $7,000 per offense.
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- Victim witness fee
- DUI victim fee
- Head injury fund
- State DUI fee
- Alcohol education program
- Probation supervision fee
- Towing of the vehicle
- Attorney fees