Did you drink drive or drug drive over Christmas and New Year? Is this your wake-up call to get help with addiction? Drink driving and drug driving are criminal offences in Great Britain because they increase the risk of road accidents, serious injuries or death. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is also a sign of addiction.
If you’re no longer in control of how much or when you use alcohol or drugs, please contact Addiction Helper. Please don’t wait until drink driving or drug driving causes you or other people serious harm. We provide confidential and current advice about the best addiction treatment in the UK and abroad.
Аsk Yourself these Questions about Drink Driving or Drug Driving
Every day in Great Britain, 164 people fail or refuse to take a roadside alcohol breath test. Have you ever failed a drunk driving or drug driving test?
If you’ve been convicted for drink driving or drug driving, you’ve probably lost your driving licence, been fined or given a custodial sentence. Your conviction might have affected your career or travel plans. But has it made you think about your use of alcohol or drugs?
Even more seriously, you may have injured yourself or other people in a road accident – or caused death by dangerous driving. If this is the case, the harms of drink driving or drug driving are probably extremely clear to you now. Are you getting help now with alcohol or drug addiction?
Perhaps you haven’t been caught for drink driving or drug driving – but it’s a regular pattern for you to drive after alcohol or drugs. You sometimes feel guilty or worried, but you keep doing it. Do you fear something bad will happen?
Or you might believe that your driving is fine when you’re over the alcohol or drug limit. However, the evidence is undeniable about drink driving and drug driving. Alcohol and drug use impairs your ability to drive safely. Your concentration, judgment, reaction times and vision are all likely to be affected to some degree. There is a clear link between drink driving, drug driving and road accidents – including where there are serious injuries and fatalities. Can you really afford to take this risk?
Drink driving or drug driving is never worth the risk. There is no safe way to do it. You will always be looking over your shoulder and putting yourself and others in danger. But do you know where to turn if you can’t stop doing it?
Help with Addiction to Alcohol and Drugs
If you can’t stop drink driving or drug driving, this is a sign of alcohol or drug dependence. It’s a warning sign that you cannot afford to ignore because of the potentially devastating consequences.
There are outpatient and inpatient alcohol and drug treatment options that can help you beat your addiction. You can recover from addiction in a supportive environment – working 1-2-1 with an addictions counsellor, attending a day programme or going through detox and residential rehab.
Addiction Helper provides you with a free addictions assessment over the phone; then we recommend the best addiction treatment programmes and professionals to help you recover. We’re available to speak to, day and night – please get in touch for help with addiction.
Addiction and Drink Driving or Drug Driving – 10 Common Scenarios
Are you still unsure about getting addiction treatment for drink driving or drug driving? If you’re in two minds, please consider the following ten drink driving and drug driving scenarios.
Alcohol or drug dependence will increasingly remove the choices you have about how much you drink or use – and under what circumstances. Please get help with addiction if you identify with any of these situations:
- You have sworn off drink driving or drug driving many times. You keep promising yourself you won’t do it again. But then you find yourself behind the wheel again after too many drinks. Or you ride your motorbike after taking drugs. You feel guilty, but you can’t stop.
- You drive to the pub. You tell yourself you have to drive there because it’s in a remote area. You promise yourself you’ll only have one drink, just to be sociable — two at the most. You leave after four or five, driving home in the dark. You tell yourself it’s fine because your friends do the same.
- You’ve had a near miss when driving after alcohol or drugs. Your concentration lapsed, and you swerved. Or you pulled out too soon and caused another vehicle to brake. You understand how serious it is and for a while, you take taxis when you intend to drink or take drugs. But now you’ve decided to drive to social events again.
- You’ve had a small accident whilst drinking and driving. No-one was hurt, but it took you by surprise. Perhaps you hit the kerb and damaged a tyre, or you reversed into a parked car. Or you were driving too fast, and the car skidded on ice, forcing an emergency stop. You realise how much worse it could have been and promise yourself you’ll change – but then you drink or drug drive again.
- You’ve been breathalysed or taken a roadside drug test recently. You were convinced you’d fail the test, but it was negative. You tell yourself it was a really lucky escape. You decide to drive much more carefully after taking drugs or drinking in future.
- You drink drive, or drug drive regularly. You’re sure that your driving isn’t affected by the amount of alcohol or drugs you take. But still, you get nervous if a police car passes by or joins the road behind you. You’re constantly on the lookout because you don’t want to get caught. It makes you feel paranoid.
- Friends or family have asked you not to drink drive or drug drive. But you don’t see what the problem is. You tell them that you take more care when you drive after alcohol or drugs.
- You tell yourself it’s okay to drink drive or drug drive in certain circumstances. If it’s a very short distance or there’s no-one else in your car, for example, you justify it to yourself. You also excuse drink driving or drug driving if you don’t do it very often.
- You drive for a living. You know you will lose your license and your livelihood if you get caught drink- or drug-driving. You still cannot stop.
- You’ve previously been caught for drink- or drug- driving. Or you’ve caused an accident in the past. But you tell yourself that was a long time ago and things are different now – you’re more responsible behind the wheel or on your bike today; you don’t take such obvious risks after alcohol or drugs.
Please call Addiction Helper to discuss help with addiction to alcohol or drugs. Drink driving and drug driving are very common amongst people who have a substance addiction. Don’t wait until an accident happens to get help with your addiction.
You might also know a friend or family member who regularly drives after alcohol or drugs. The Government’s Christmas THINK! campaign in December 2018 called on friends to intervene if their mate intends to drink drive. But what more can you do to help your partner, relative or friend, if they continue to take risks on the road?
Friends and family members can arrange an intervention, to help addicts understand how their addiction is affecting them and others. If you’re addicted to alcohol and drugs, the Addiction Helper team will help you find the most effective and affordable treatment for you.
Drink Driving and Drug Driving in Britain Today
Since the introduction of the drink drive limit in 1966, cultural attitudes to drink driving have radically transformed in Britain. In the 21st Century, it is now widely socially unacceptable to drink drive.
Despite this cultural shift, many people still break the law on drink driving. In 2016, police carried out 463,319 roadside breath tests. Of these, 59,998 drivers or riders (13%) failed or refused to take the test.
More recently, the problem of drug driving has been recognised and legally enforced. In March 2015, new legislation was passed on drug driving in England and Wales. Very low driving limits were set for cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, methylamphetamine, ketamine, LSD and BZE (a metabolite of cocaine) – to rule out accidental exposure to these drugs. The new law also included eight prescription drugs that are commonly abused – with driving limits set for morphine, methadone and six benzodiazepine medications. In April 2015, regulations on amphetamine use while driving were also brought in.
Nationwide campaigning and law enforcement, particularly on drink driving, have played their part in transforming road safety. Road accidents, fatalities and injuries connected to drink driving have reduced over the years. In 1979, there were 1640 deaths and 8300 serious injuries in drink driving accidents. In 2016, there were 240 deaths and 1260 serious injuries. Though this downward trend is extremely positive, there are still far too many drink driving deaths and injuries to ignore.
There are also wider health and societal implications of persistent drink or drug driving. Where there’s a pattern of drink driving or drug driving, this usually indicates untreated addiction, which not only affects addicts but their families, employers and communities too.