Marijuana And Alcohol: Combined Impact On DrivingRehabilitation News
Professionals at the Crosby Clinic witness first-hand the negative impact driving under the influence has on families across California. Our Escondido drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities offer treatment programs designed to help sufferers effectively combat their addictions. According to the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, over 32% of car accidents involve a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Hearing the devastating news of a fatal car accident involving alcohol or drug use is all too common. Unfortunately, the increasing frequencies mean we are at risk of being involved in a car accident with a drugged or drunk driver nearly anytime we hit the road. Unfortunately, more drivers are becoming aware of the increased dangers of mixing alcohol and marijuana use before getting behind the wheel of a car.
Marijuana Use Is On The Rise
By 2020, it is estimated that nearly 22 million individuals will utilize marijuana for either medicinal or recreational purposes. Although some may argue that marijuana provides numerous health benefits to users, it is still considered a highly addictive substance with the potential for abuse.
The THC in marijuana can cause a series of negative side effects for users, like lapses in judgment and memory loss. Mixing marijuana with alcohol can alter a user’s mind and increase the effects of the substances.
Alcohol Distorts The Senses
Alcohol is often consumed for recreational purposes. Individuals drink to relax, let loose, and have fun. Unfortunately, alcohol can be extremely harmful. This substance inhibits numerous senses, leading to a lack of judgment regarding driving ability. As a result, those who consume alcohol and get behind the wheel often:
- Have decreased reaction times;
- Suffer from blurred vision;
- Have problems understanding sensory information;
- Have difficulties multitasking;
- Are unable to concentrate on the road;
- May fall asleep while driving;
- Are unable to understand traffic control devices and laws; and
- They may engage in risky behavior.
Hitting The Road With Drugs
Although individuals do not drink or smoke marijuana with the goal of getting behind the wheel of their vehicle, it can happen due to a drastic lapse in judgment. Individuals often downplay the risks associated with mixing these substances. The perception of joy and fun often masks the detrimental problems associated with impaired driving.
A simple lapse in judgment caused by consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana could lead to driving while under the influence. Driving impaired can lead to an accident causing serious injuries or death. The fact that abusing these substances together can drastically affect a person’s ability to make informed decisions can put them in an extremely vulnerable place.
The Risk Is Not Worth It
If you are regularly abusing alcohol and marijuana, it is crucial to get substance abuse help as soon as possible. The Crosby Clinic offers several treatment programs at our Escondido rehabilitation facilities. We help individuals overcome their addictions by learning effective coping skills that help them respond healthily to negative stressors. Contact our clinic at (760) 751-1234 to see how our treatment programs can help you.