Strategy to Put Brakes on Driving Under Alcohol Influence

Some of the common statements from a person who is under the influence of alcohol and believes that he can perfectly drive a car are – “No, I am absolutely fine, just give me the keys; it’s not possible that I can’t drive when drunk; I drive better when I am drunk.” The irony is that it is his impaired senses that makes him come up with such statements.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 28 people die every day in the United States in motor vehicle crashes involving drunk driving, which also causes one death every 53 minutes. Moreover, 9,967 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2014 which were nearly one-third (31 percent) of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S.

In the U.S., drivers are considered to be alcohol-impaired when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher. With the increasing incidence of alcohol-induced crashes, some strategy needs to be worked on to overcome the problem.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists certain measures that have been recommended by the Guide to Community Preventive Services, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds them to be effective. Some of the strategies outlined by the CDC are:

    • Laws for curbing drunk driving: As per the U.S. laws, a person with a BAC equal to or above 0.08 percent is not allowed to drive. A person below the age of 21 with any measurable amount of alcohol is also not allowed to drive. These norms are to be followed in all the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The laws have proved to be effective in checking crashes related to alcohol-impaired driving. With stricter adherence, the number of such crashes can be further brought down.
    • Ignition interlocks: Ignition interlocks are installed in cars to measure a driver’s BAC. A car would not start unless the driver blows into the interlock that is connected to the vehicle’s ignition. Usually, the BAC is set at the minimum of 0.02 percent. Such ignition locks are helpful for repeat offenders and also for people charged with driving under the influence (DUI). Though all states have implemented the ignition interlock program, only one-fifth of those arrested under driving while intoxicated (DWI) have used these locks.
    • Sobriety checkpoints: Sobriety checkpoints are essential for reducing driving-related crashes. Security checkpoints in several areas, especially before accident-prone areas, can help a police officer stop a car and monitor the driver’s alcohol impairment. The CDC said that such sobriety checkpoints reduce drunk driving accidents by 9 percent.
    • License revocation or suspension laws: The state administration should use license revocation and suspension laws for anyone who is found driving in an impaired condition or who refuses to undergo alcohol testing. The police should be allowed to impound the licenses of those who flout the BAC norms. The states can further decide the timeline for suspending the license.
    • School-based instructional programs: With a rise in teenage alcoholism in the U.S., incidents of drunk driving are also growing. School-based instructional programs about the effects of drunk driving can help students learn the intricacies of drinking alcohol, driving drunk or riding with a drunk driver.
  • Mass media campaigns: Mass media campaigns have always played an important role in generating awareness about a particular issue. Drunk driving is an issue that needs immediate attention as many lives are lost in drunk driving crashes. Campaigns and strategies to prevent impaired driving are the most effective methods to dissuade people from driving when drunk.

Avoiding drunk driving can save innocent lives

In 2014, over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Unfortunately, that is nearly 1 percent of the 121 million self-reported episodes of drunk driving among U.S. adults each year, according to the CDC.

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Substance Abuse and Premature Ejaculation

PREMATURE EJACULATION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

While much has been written about how to treat premature ejaculation, very little attention has been given to the unintended consequences of treating premature ejaculation with alcohol and illegal drugs.

Premature ejaculation is when a man ejaculates after minimal or no stimulation and before or shortly after penetration. The worldwide average for men is that they ejaculate after about 3-7 minutes of vaginal penetration. Most men with premature ejaculation complain that they ejaculate in the first 1-2 minutes after penetration.

Men love to ejaculate but they don’t want to do it quickly. Men want to have a more prolonged period of sexual intercourse, for both their own and their partner’s satisfaction. Just about all men will lose their erection after they ejaculate and that also ends both their and their partner’s pleasure.

Teenage and young adult men usually do not have very good control over when they ejaculate. It doesn’t take long for young men to discover that they last a lot longer after 2 or 3 drinks. On the surface this sounds like a win win situation; catch a buzz and last longer. Not so fast. There are numerous problems with using alcohol to control ejaculation. While the young men usually still get a good erection after a few drinks, this is not always the case with men in their forties and fifties. Older men often have weaker erections after a few drinks. And older men who have a chronic alcohol problem almost always have erection problems. After many years of using alcohol to control ejaculation, most men find that it takes more and more alcohol to be only partially effective. And this is the biggest problem. I have treated hundreds of men who have an alcohol problem. And while there are many paths to becoming an alcoholic, I have seen more and more men who have told me that they started to drink to control their ejaculation and it just got out of control. Alcoholics have countless medical problems, trouble keeping a job and earning a living, are often abusive to their families and are generally unhappy with their lives. Good sex is important, but the price of alcoholism is too great.

Men don’t start out using narcotics to control ejaculation. But those men who are already improperly using any one of a number of narcotics (codeine, Percocet, heroin, morphine, methadone, cocaine, cannabis, oxycodone, fentanyl, etc) quickly discover that they have better ejaculatory control while under the influence of these drugs. It is my fear that countless men who would have otherwise stopped using narcotics are not able to free themselves of this always destructive habit because of their desire and need to have better ejaculatory control. It is particularly difficult to stop the use of narcotics because men who stop using them often find their ejaculatory control is even worse than before they started using the drugs. Narcotics create a dependency in the traditional way in that they are addictive, but also in the sense that men become accustomed to the improved ejaculatory control. Eventually narcotics, if they haven’t already killed the man, will not only cause erectile dysfunction but will stop controlling ejaculation. A horrible lose lose situation.

Men who regularly use narcotics, including cannabis are rarely productive members of society. They either don’t work or can’t keep a job, are poorly motivated and have a much higher incidence of criminal activity and medical problems. They are often dependent on others or society to care for them. A horrible situation. While it can be debated exactly what role premature ejaculation plays in narcotic use, any role is unacceptable.

It is not easy to treat premature ejaculation. Many doctors disagree on how to treat premature ejaculation or even on whether to treat it at all. Some medically supervised methods are more effective than others and some of these treatments have unintended side effects. But everyone agrees that the use of alcohol or narcotics to treat premature ejaculation is a disaster.

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