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Legal Consequences of Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol is a commonly abused substance that deeply affects people. Many drinkers don’t think twice before drinking to excess on a regular basis. Many people don’t even consider alcohol as a substance to be careful about. However, there are definite consequences to alcoholism that you may have overlooked, including legal consequences that could put you in a world of trouble above and beyond an actual addiction. If you are currently battling alcoholism or know someone who is, seek professional help before legal trouble catches up with you.

Legal Consequences of Driving Under the Influence

One of the more obvious legal consequences of alcohol abuse is driving under the influence. Getting a DUI can land you in jail, which will require a significant bond for your release, court fees and possibly to reinstate your driving privileges. It can also limit your ability to get jobs in the future, because it will be on your permanent record. Any employer who performs a background check before hiring you could see your DUI charge.

Many people think they will never get a DUI because they will not drink too much before driving. However, you should be aware that a DUI can happen to anyone. Some people who are drinking and partying do not think about whether or not they are drinking too much to hinder their driving. Also, it doesn’t take much alcohol in your blood stream to fail a sobriety test if you are stopped by a policeman. While you may feel you can drive, buzzed driving can also land you in jail.

Effects of Alcoholism and Legal Consequences

Many people who drink alcohol drink way too much before they realize how much they’ve consumed. This being said, alcohol can make you behave in ways that you would never even consider while sober, and some of those acts can cause you serious legal trouble. People may wind up stealing, driving recklessly and committing other disruptive and illegal activities while under the influence of alcohol. You never really know what alcohol will make you do or how you will think while under its influence. That fact alone can get you into a lot of legal trouble.

Professional Help for Alcoholism

Our toll-free helpline is available to you 24 hours a day with phone counselors that can answer your questions about alcoholism. Our counselors can help you find professional treatment for your addiction so you can start a new, sober life. They can even help you find out if your insurance will help you cover the cost of treatment. Call us now and start your journey to an alcohol-free life.