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Mothers Against Drunk Driving hold vigil for DUI Victims
Driving Under Influence (DUI), is a preventable yet prevalent crime. The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), works actively to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving to bring about a change. In early August this year, MADD, organized a vigil in Los Angeles to raise awareness and to help families of victims support each other.
For Julie Cascarini, one of the mothers who lost her 26-year-old daughter, Jena, to a drunk driver, the loss is irreparable. She still hasn’t come to terms with the fact that her daughter is no more. She says though the drunk driver guilty of killing her daughter was sent to prison for 17 years, but it is she, who has to bear the pain for a lifetime.
MADD says about 1,000 people died in fatal car crashes in California alone last year due to drunk-driving related accidents. Whereas, in Los Angeles alone, 12,000 offenders were booked on charges of DUI last year. However, it is not just drivers and pedestrians who are victims of such road rages, several police officials too, have lost their lives due to drunk drivers on the U.S. highways.
Effect of alcohol on the body
Consuming excessive alcohol either on a single occasion or over a period time, can lead to a number of health problems and even cause injury. It obstructs the brain’s communication pathway that can affect parts of the brain that control speech, movement, memory and judgment. This can alter one’s mood and behavior and cause the following: imbalance while walking, mumbled speech, failing memory and impulsive behavior.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the immediate effects of alcohol can begin 10 minutes after the first sip. Alcohol can also severely damage vital organs and important body systems such as:
- Central nervous system and the brain: Severe alcohol abuse causes contraction of the brain tissues, destruction of brain cells and slows down the central nervous system, resulting in serious problems in cognition and memory.
- Liver: Alcohol can damage or destroy the liver cells, causing chronic inflammation leading to cirrhosis of the liver.
- Kidney: Excess consumption of alcohol can raise blood pressure, which in turn damages the kidneys.
- Heart: Heavy drinking weakens the heart muscles, due to which it is unable to pump blood properly, and can cause heart failure.
Coping with consequences of drunk driving
It is a well-known fact that safe driving demands a proper coordination between hands, eyes, feet, as well as brain. Any error in alertness can lead to fatal accidents on the road. It is important to spread awareness about the harmful effects of alcohol and encourage communities, families and individuals to help people fight alcohol addiction.
It is not difficult to lead a sober life. Though the situation is grim, but help is available. If you or your loved one is addicted to alcohol or any other drug, seek help. The Long Beach Drug Treatment Rehab Center can assist you in getting evidence-based treatment programs that can help you become sober. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 562-846-1995 or chat online with our treatment advisors to know more about different treatment options.