shutterstock_83173801Drunk driving has far reaching impacts for everyone involved. When a person drinks and drives, not only are there dangers to the driver but any passengers and passersby on the road, as well. The impact of drinking and driving includes jail time, a criminal record, drug court or addiction treatment. The consequences of drunk driving are detrimental in both the short and long term. Here, we look at some of the consequences which can arise and its impact.


Deadly Impact

Every two minutes, someone was injured in an automobile accident which involved a drunk driver. One in three people will be involved in an accident involving a drunk driver and most likely not as the driver. These statistics may seem harrowing but the reality is drunk driving destroys lives and the impact is more far reaching than many realize.



Traumatic injuries or death are a reality for victims of drunk driving. Everytime a person drinks and drives, the risk increases for an accident which can alter the course of a person’s life, if it does not end it altogether. Every 30 minutes someone is killed by a drunk driver. Other consequences which occur as a result of drunk driving may include:


  • impounded vehicle
  • community service
  • lawyer’s fees
  • increased auto insurance rates
  • killing an innocent person (friend, family member, or self)
  • possible job loss or difficulty getting another job
  • suspended driver’s license (which can make it hard to drive for employment)


Treatment Option

Some states in the U.S. may allow the option of alcohol abuse treatment instead of jail time. The consequences of drunk driving vary between different states but the reality is that life is never the same after a drunk driving incident and charge, so it is worthwhile to consider this consequence before acting.


Seek Help

If an arrest has occurred as a result of DUI or DWI, it is important to seek help from a rehab facility which specializes in DUI treatment. Facilities such as Hired Power can offer the help needed to stay out of jail and get help needed to reach and maintain a life which is free from addiction to alcohol. Taking this step, before it is too late and someone gets hurt, is an important part of recognizing the true nature of addiction and the need for help to recover.

Most Recent Blog Posts

5 Ways To Forgive Yourself In Recovery

    Sometimes, in active addiction, we do things we aren’t proud of. We may have hurt the ones we love, do things we are ashamed of, and caused harm to ourselves. We may feel guilty, embarrassed, and angry. Although you may have gotten substance abuse treatment and are...

    Read More

    Recognizing A Problem With Alcohol

      It can be fun and relaxing to go out for drinks with your friends on Friday nights after a long work week or have a cocktail before bed. Many people drink alcohol and do so regularly, but how do you know when your drinking has become a problem? When many of us think...

      Read More

      Which 12-Step Program Is Right For Me?

        12-Step programs are a common part of addiction recovery. Many treatment programs utilize a 12-Step approach, and many of those recovering choose to attend meetings after they complete their treatment. Attending meetings can help individuals maintain their recovery...

        Read More


        21062 Brookhurst St. #201, Huntington Beach, CA 92646

        ©2021 All Rights Reserved. Design & Development by Goldman Marketing Group | Sitemap | Privacy Policy The information available on this web site is provided for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to replace a medical consultation where a physician's judgment may advise you about specific disorders, conditions and or treatment options. We hope the information will be useful for you to become more educated about your health care decisions. If you are vision-impaired or have some other impairment covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to using this website, please contact us at