Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Driving
Substance abuse goes a lot further than that, though. From casual cannabis smokers, to wealthy cocaine-addled stockbrokers and stumbling heroin users, to the kid huffing gas in dad’s garage, substance abuse affects people from all walks of life. Exact attitudes towards substance abuse vary with location, age group and many other factors, but one thing is certain. Even if you don’t think it’s particularly bad for you, substance abuse is never good for you.
Add driving into the mix and you have a potential recipe for disaster. Drivers get distracted easily enough by cell phones, food or CD players, so it’s really foolish to toy with impairment and slowed reaction times. You’re not just endangering yourself; you’re also endangering every other driver around you. That’s why many governments take impaired drivers very seriously. At the very least, driving while impaired will net you a hefty fine and some other punishments like substance abuse counseling and restriction of your driving privileges. If you’re lucky, you might avoid a driver’s license suspension. If you’re unlucky, you just might wind up in jail.