According to Swanswell, a nationally known charity working to end substance abuse and addiction, 230 people died in drink driving accidents in 2012. Another 10,000 were injured. Now the charity is calling on the Government to take action that would require more drink driving education among UK drivers. The charity believes more education would save lives.

The Lancashire Evening Post reports that Swanswell has been holding fringe events in recent weeks, addressing the Conservative, Liberal Democrat, and Labour party conferences in the hopes of affecting change. It has specifically challenged the conferences as to whether or not current education initiatives already in place are sufficient and appropriately directed. As things stand right now, drivers are educated about the impacts of alcohol abuse on driving only after drink driving convictions.

Swanswell wants drink-driving education to be a normal part of the learning process for new drivers. It believes the best way to address the issue is to include targeted workshops presented to every driver prior to earning a licence. It is assumed the charity wants the current education to continue even if education is expanded to new drivers.

In addition to addressing policymakers, Swanswell has also began a petition campaign. It is asking anyone who agrees with its cause to visit its website and lend his or her signature. It hopes it can get enough signatures to force action on the issue among government leaders. It would then take some time to implement a mandatory training programme within the driver learning process.

Alcohol the #1 Problem

During the commotion surrounding last week’s release of a study showing the addictive properties of cannabis, we heard that the drug is the most used in the UK. For the record, cannabis is the most used illicit drug. The most use drug over all is alcohol.

Approximately 9% of adult males in the UK and 4% of adult females show signs of alcohol addiction. Put those numbers together and it comes out to a stunning 6.5% of the adult population. That means nearly seven out of every 100 people within your circle of friends could have an alcohol problem. Maybe you are that one person everyone else knows.

It is bad enough that there are more than 1.4 million people dependent on alcohol in Britain, but knowing that some of them may inadvertently kill innocent people by driving while drunk is reprehensible. Perhaps increased education is part of a larger solution to an already large problem. If you currently have a drinking problem, we urge you to do something about it today. Do not wait until you injure or kill someone before you take action.

Treatment Is Available

The average alcoholic is unwilling to admit he or she has a problem requiring help. And unfortunately, until that admission is made then no amount of counselling or other intervention will do much good. Recovery must be done willingly if it is to be successful. Addiction Helper invites you to seriously consider your own attitudes toward alcohol right now, while you are thinking about it.

If you currently consume more than 3-4 units of alcohol per day for men, or 2-3 units per day for women, you may already have an alcohol problem. You may not yet be dependent, but you could be a problem drinker. The thing to understand is that problem drinking can become alcohol abuse when left untreated; alcohol abuse often leads to alcoholism when ignored.

Addiction Helper wants you to know that treatment is available. All you need do to avail yourself of that treatment is call our 24-hour helpline. We can get you started right away.

Sources:

  1. Lancashire Evening Post
  2. DrinkAware
  3. Alcoholics Anonymous
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