How the Fear of Alcohol Withdrawal Can Result in Crime

While alcoholism is a common problem here in the UK, many addicts do not want even to attempt to kick their addiction purely because they are frightened of the challenges they could face in regards to alcohol withdrawal. Overcoming any addiction is difficult, but it is entirely possible if the individual is committed and motivated.

Alcoholism can make the person behave in a way they would not usually act. It can push them towards a life of violence and aggressive behaviour, which can, in turn, result in relationship breakdowns and, in some extreme cases, imprisonment.

Excessive Alcohol Consumption

Thirty-three-year-old Martin Ward from Glen Parva has been found guilty of assaulting his pregnant wife while he was under the influence of alcohol. Ward had been drinking excessive amounts of alcohol on October 5th, 2016 at the home he shares with his wife and two young children. His wife took him out for a drive so that he would stop playing music so loud in the flat, but while on the drive, he lost his temper and repeatedly punched her in the face. He later tried to prevent her from calling the police regarding the incident.

“You’ll be Sorry”

Ward was sentenced to twelve months in jail after pleading guilty to the assault that resulted in actual bodily harm. Prosecuting barrister Joey Kwong told Leicester Crown Court, “He had been drinking all day and his temper was getting worse and worse. Mr Ward wanted to play some loud music, but because they were on a last warning from the council, his wife suggested they go for a drive. They were on New Parks Way when she decided to pull over because of his temper. He lunged at her and punched her several times to the left side of her face. She asked him to stop, and he did. They drove further along, and she saw a police car and sounded the horn to get their attention, but he said, ‘You get me locked up, and you’ll be sorry’.”

Mr Kwong then went on to say that the pair drove home, at which time the victim called the authorities. Ward proceeded to grab the phone from her in an attempt to stop the call, but the call was registered and traced by police. Ward already had many convictions for violent and aggressive behaviour.

Dreadful History of Offending

Recorder Jacob Hallam also ensured that Ward was charged for another incident in September that involved him assaulting a taxi driver. The court was told how Ward was drunk and lost his temper with the taxi driver. The driver then turned the cab around to head back to the taxi rank, at which time Ward punched him in the face.

Ward’s defending barrister, David Charman, explained that his client regretted his actions and wanted to seek help for his alcohol addiction.

Hallam then went on to say, “You have a dreadful history of offending. You assaulted your partner in the presence of your children and tried to stop her reporting the incident. You assaulted the woman who, as far as I can tell, loves you most of anyone in the whole world. I’m satisfied the only sentence the court can give you is one of immediate imprisonment.”

Advice for Alcohol Withdrawal

Any addict who tries to stop drinking will usually experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The severity of these withdrawal symptoms will depend entirely on the individual and how long he or she has been abusing alcohol. The symptoms are not the same for everybody, and some people will experience severe symptoms while others may not experience anything other than mild flu-like symptoms.

When trying to quit alcohol, it is important that there is support available. Whether this is a loved one, counsellor or medical professional, it is the most effective way to get sober and stay sober. If you are an affected individual and feel as though you may relapse, it is important to speak to someone about your feelings. You should make sure you confide in someone who will help you to stay away from alcohol no matter how much you want to drink.

Help and Support for Overcoming Alcoholism

Once you have fully committed to overcoming your addiction, then you can begin working towards a long and happy life of sobriety. It will be difficult at times, and you may feel like giving up occasionally. However, Addiction Helper can help make your experience as pain-free and comfortable as possible.

We work with organisations around the UK where you can gain access a variety of treatments depending on your needs. Our friendly and welcoming staff want nothing more than to help you to overcome your addiction.  We work with those affected by addiction but also concerned friends and family members. If you feel as though you or a loved one may be suffering from alcoholism and need help, contact us today; we will be more than happy to assist.

Source:  Drunk dad repeatedly punched pregnant wife – while their two young children were with them (Leicester Mercury)

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