Does a DUI equal a drinking problem is the million dollar question, and the answer is that it really depends on the individual circumstance.
Ask one person, and they’ll say “Absolutely!” Ask another and you might get a full debate on your hands. So why is this question so debatable? And why is it different for every person who has made the decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol?
Let me ask you:
- Does a DUI equal a drinking problem if it is your first offense?
And how about this one:
- Does a DUI equal a drinking problem if you frequently drive while under the influence, but this time you got caught?
- Lastly, how about this one:
- Does a DUI equal a drinking problem if it’s not your first DUI?
Let’s start by saying that being arrested for a DUI is a painful experience with many negative consequences. Besides the possibility of death or multiple deaths, this conviction will interrupt your life and cause more havoc than you can imagine. First, a DUI can be very expensive and cause a major financial burden on families involved. Secondly, if incarcerated, an interruption in work would take place which would only add to the financial stress. Pile on the suspended drivers license, social embarrassment emotional stress and you have one big mess.
This offense should not be brushed under the rug. It could have been exactly what you needed in order to look at your own drinking behavior. Change the question “Does a DUI equal a drinking problem?” to “Does MY DUI equal a drinking problem?” This is where you have to be completely honest with yourself. If you answered something like: “No, this was a one-time event and I seriously made a bad decision”. Good luck to you and please save us all the anxiety of thinking you will get behind the wheel while drunk.
If you answered anything other than a strict NO, we urge you to reach out for the help of a treatment center and contact an Alcoholics Anonymous in your area. It not only will save you from the grip of alcoholism, it could also save another life.