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A Society Created Alcoholic

SOCIETY CREATED ALCOHOLIC Since 1980, the penalties for driving under the influence have grown in severity, and rightfully so, but now on the path to restoring your license stands the possibility of Alcoholics Anonymous. If court-ordered AA is deemed necessary, exposure to labels like diseased and alcoholic could very well make a onetime mistake feel like a deep-seated problem. Remember: the decision to drive under the influence is always yours, but what follows may be out of your control. BAR Y DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE In all 50 states, driving under the influence is the act of operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or [1] higher." 0,08 When doing so, there are two sides of the road you risk ending up on: the side of the law and...well, death. ARRESTS DEATHS 1,215,077 9,878 the number the number of of estimated fatalities arrests for caused by driving under the influence alcohol impaired driving in 2011.' [2] [3] in 2011." = 100,000 1,000 = 181 of those fatalities were children. Estimated Arrests in 2011 1,800,000. 1,600,000 1,400,000 1,200,000 1,000,000 1639883 1531251|| 800,000 - 1241722 600,000- 400,000 200,000 Other Assaults Property Theft Drug Abuse Violations Before 2011, driving under the influence was estimated as one of the top three crimes people were arrested for. 91 were with a driver who had a BAC of .08+." Estimated DUI Arrests 2,000,000 53 minutes 1,800,000 1,600,000 1,400,000- 1.200,000- the average amount of time for one alcohol-impaired- driving fatality to occur." 1,000,000- 800,000- 600,000 400,000 200,000 1983 2007 2011 From 1983 to 2011, the percentage of estimated arrests for driving under the influence decreased by 36%.415I rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was 4.5 times higher at night than during the day." 4.5 times *POLICE FACING THE CONSEQUENCES From license suspensions to fines, there are a variety of penalties when caught driving under the influence. Today, even an assessment of your drinking patterns may be required. To complicate matters more, the severity of each penalty varies from state to state. ASSESSMENT DRIVER LICENSE IFINE FAIL SUSPENDED 30 states require an alcohol assess- ment after the 1" $5,000 offense. states enforce a 3 month license suspension after the 1 offense." $100 30 days 91 days 1"offense 2"offense For the 1"offense, fines can be as low as $100 in Michigan 45 days 4 months possible 3"offense and W. Virginia and as high as $5,000 in Massachusetts." 60 days 6 months limited none 3 months 1 year either Based on your responses to the assessment, a court" appointed Counselor will determine whether something like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), medical treatment or counseling is necessary. Do you lose time from work due to drinking? YES NO Is drinking making your homelife unhappy? YES NO Do you drink because you are shy with other people? YES NO Is drinking affecting your reputation? YES NO Have you ever felt remorse after drinking? YES NO Have you had financial difficulties as a result of drinking? YES NO 58,820 AA groups Do you turn to inferior companions and environments when drinking? YES NO Does your drinking make you careless of your family's welfare? YES NO Has your ambition decreased since drinking? YES NO Do you crave a drink at a definite time daily? YES NO Do you want a drink the next morning? YES NO With 58,820 groups Does drinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping? YES NO across the US, and meetings virtually in every city and town, AA is the likeliest Has your efficiency decreased since drinking? YES NO Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business? YES NO 132 LifeRing meetings Do you drink to escape from worries or trouble? YES NO Do you drink alone? destination for YES NO Have you ever had a loss of memory as a result of drinking? treatment. YES NO Has you physician ever treated you for drinking? YES NO Alternatives such as Do you drink to build up your self-confidence? YES NO SMART Recovery and LifeRing are much harder to find. Have you ever been to a hospital or institution on account of drinking? 469 SMART meetings YES NO BUS STOP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Founded in 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose "primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety." Since 1973, AA has been regarded as a proponent of the disease theory of alcoholism. AA's literature, often referred to as "The Big Book," suggests a twelve-step program to achieving sobriety components like spirituality and powerlessness. HELLO AAlCohol COunselor pushing 113] [14] THE TWELVE STEPS Why am I powerless? We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable. I'm sane, right? Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. I3D Tell me all of your wrongs, stranger. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. God, please remove my desire to drink. Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. .grant me the serenity to accept the things I Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. cannot 15 change.." Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. Remeber: you'll always be an alcoholic. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. 27 the percentage of AA members surveyed in 2011 that said they were sober less than 1 year. For those sober between 1 to 5 years, the percentage slips to 24%, while 5 to 10 years falls to 12%." IS AA THE ANSWER? If you find yourself on the path of court-ordered AA, it's important to know that you are not an alcoholic and that you have the power to change. : 1] [2] u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table-29 [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] (8] (9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] SJR SAINTJUDE RETREATS SOURCES

A Society Created Alcoholic

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Drunk Driving is a Crime, and People Must Take Responsibility for these actions. However our Society labels these individuals as diseased, even though they might not even have an alcohol problem


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