Alcohol a Factor in Lexington Crash

Police in Lexington say alcohol was a factor in a crash

Alcohol and driving make for a dangerous combination. Police in Lexington say alcohol was a factor in a crash near the Madison County line Aug. 9. Police say a man crashed his car into a rock wall and had to be cut out of it by firefighters. Officers believe he was drinking before he got in his vehicle. This crash would not have happened if the driver had been sober.

Drinking and driving is never a good idea, even if you've only had one alcoholic beverage. Alcohol treatment centers in Lexington KY can help you overcome a drinking problem. Seek out a rehab facility today.

Abuse and Addiction

Alcoholism is an addiction, which is considered the physical, emotional, and mental dependence on a substance. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse both constitute alcohol use disorder (AUD). Abuse is the presence of serious problems associated with a person's drinking behavior; but there is an absence of full-scale dependence and no symptoms of withdrawal upon stopping use.

Four areas of concern used to describe abuse include:

  • Dangerous or hazardous use: Binge drinking, driving drunk
  • Role impairment: Not fulfilling duties expected. Lack of leadership, neglect, poor work performance, poor attendance, etc.
  • Legal issues: Domestic violence, arrest, DUI, divorce, child abuse or neglect, eviction, foreclosure.
  • Social difficulties: Loss of relationships, damaged reputation, avoiding social and community events, not being social involved.

Blackouts are noted as another symptom of AUD. A person doesn't have to be addicted to have a blackout. Blackouts can be seen in alcohol abuse if excessive amounts of alcohol are consumed over a short period of time (i.e. binge drinking).

Signs of Alcoholism

  • Unable to limit consumption
  • Inability to quit drinking
  • Intense cravings and urges to drink
  • Increased tolerance and the need for larger amounts
  • Loss of control over drinking and behaviors
  • Hiding alcohol
  • Drinking alone
  • Physical signs of withdrawal within hours of not drinking
  • Intentional drinking to feel "normal"

Lexington KY drug and alcohol rehab and Lexington Area Alcoholics Anonymous ( can help you get your life back. Seek treatment or attend a meeting as soon as possible.

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