It is difficult for most people to connect alcohol with being a dangerous substance, and this is often because it is a legal substance and socially acceptable. Those who do need an alcohol detox are often oblivious to the fact as they do not see their alcohol consumption as something to be worried about.
It is common for individuals to take risks when consuming alcohol. Regularly drinking more than the recommended amount of fourteen units per week can be harmful to health and lead to addiction, which would then need an alcohol detox in order for the person to break the physical bond with alcohol. However, this is not the only risk that drinkers take.
Many people will get behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol because their ability to make good judgements is impaired by the alcohol. Doing this poses a danger not only to themselves but also to every other person on the road. One woman who knows more than most of the dangers of drinking is Angela Coen.
Angela wants people who are drinking to be sensible in the run up to Christmas and refrain from getting behind the wheel of a car. Her son Arran drove his car in November 2015 with 102 milligrammes of alcohol in his blood. Tragically, he was involved in a car collision near Swansea on the M4 and lost his life. The legal drink drive limit in England and Wales is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. In Scotland, it is lower at 50 milligrammes.
Angela recalled being told of her son’s death and described the grief she felt as ‘horrendous’. At the time, she had been at home with her grandchildren, making Christmas cards. She said, “Our lives have never been the same without him.”
Crackdown on Drink Driving
The plea from Angela comes as police in Wales launch a crackdown on drink driving as the Christmas party season is about to commence. Police will be stopping drivers and breathalysing them as well as testing for drug driving. In last year’s campaign, more than five hundred drivers were found to be over the limit, with a further one hundred failing a drug driving test.
Arran’s mother described how her son had had two-and-a-half pints before going to his friend’s house on the night of the accident. She said that she transferred money to his account so that he could pay for a taxi but he decided he was okay to drive and used the money to pay for petrol.
She said, “If I could go back to that night and knew that he was going to get in that car I would have physically had my partner knock him out and drag him into the house, and I would have tied him to something rather than let him go. But he made me a promise he wasn’t driving.”
Angela wants the law to be changed so that there is a zero-tolerance to drink driving. She said, “He had everything in this world to live for, he had never been so happy in his life, and he died on the Saturday, all for the sake of what was the equivalent of half a lager.”
The consequences of Arran’s death have been devastating for the family, and Angela admitted that she had suffered two nervous breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, and the loss of over five stone in weight.
South Wales Police assistance chief constable Jeremy Vaughan said, “As Christmas is all about spending time with friends and family, our campaign focuses on showing the true impact either committing or falling victim to this crime can have on the communities of Wales. Since the improvements of roadside testing for alcohol and drugs, there is nowhere to hide for those that break the law.”
The Dangers of Excessive Alcohol Consumption
While Arran Coen may not have had an excessive amount of alcohol on the night he died, he had more than the law allows for those who want to drive. The loss of her son has been devastating for Angela and the rest of the family, and many more families around the UK have suffered in a similar way.
Alcohol is one of the most widely abused substances in the country, and it can lead to many problems. As well as poor health and premature death, it can result in poverty, crime, unemployment and homelessness. It is hard for many people to comprehend, but alcohol is actually a highly addictive substance and the more a person drinks, the more likely he or she is to be affected and suffer the consequences.
Alcohol addiction can tear families apart and have a negative impact on entire communities. With the Christmas period just around the corner, many more families will be negatively affected by alcohol abuse and addiction.
Overcoming an Alcohol Addiction
The good news is that help is available for this type of addiction, and it usually begins with an alcohol detox. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol, the first step on the road to recovery is a programme of alcohol detox, preferably in a supervised facility. This should be followed by rehab in either an inpatient or outpatient facility.
For more information on how and where to access an alcohol detox and rehabilitation programme, contact us here at Addiction Helper today.
Source: Mother’s drink-drive warning after death of son Arran Coen (BBC)