Unmanned cars can lead to more alcohol consumption, say analysts - Sovereign Health Group
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09-19-17 Category: Alcohol Addiction

Under the present circumstances, it is well-known that drinking and driving cannot go together, given the adverse impact of alcohol on motor and coordination skills. However, in the event of unmanned cars hitting American roads, analysts have predicted that it would give a monumental push to alcohol sales as the time spent in driving will be spent in drinking. Assessing the possible impact of self-driving cars and unmanned vehicles on the alcohol industry, research analysts at Morgan Stanley claimed the liquor consumption would increase, “These markets should, for obvious safety reasons, be entirely mutually exclusive,” Morgan Stanley said.

In fact, Morgan Stanley rightly pointed out at the onset that with Uber present in most cities, there has been a decrease in the cases of drunk driving nationwide. The research firm’s study team concluded that earlier people would feel that they couldn’t drink because they had to drive, whereas now, they could drink because they weren’t actually driving.

According to Morgan Stanley, such a driverless-car technology would create an additional revenue of $56 billion in the alcohol industry, including a 0.8 percent increase in its total compound annual growth rate. Experts say that such an innovation in technology may not happen overnight. It simply shouldn’t be viewed as a cause for celebration, instead, it could be seen in the light of a life saver, they feel.

Effects of consuming alcohol in large quantities

Alcoholism is a serious health risk in the United States today. Educating the masses on the detrimental impact of alcohol is one of the most time-tested means to deal with the increasing rates of addiction to this socially accepted drug.

Experts believe that excessive alcohol consumption can produce several harmful effects that vary largely depending on many factors. Apart from visible signs of alcohol abuse – such as staggering walk, slurred speech and memory lapses, individuals addicted to alcohol have a significant problem in judgment and coordination. Alcohol is known to alter the levels of various neurotransmitters in the brain, resulting in a slowdown of information processing and production of negative emotional responses. The warning signs that alcohol is affecting your loved one include:

  • Losing consciousness with occasional black-outs
  • Loss of control over the amount consumed
  • Anxiety and low mood
  • Inability to fulfill family and professional obligations
  • Withdrawal symptoms when unable to meet the urge for drinking

Alcohol is popular and widely accepted in American society and significantly impacts its culture and lifestyle. In spite of its detrimental effects on health, alcohol continues to be abused. It is not surprising that several cancer-related fatalities in the world are attributable to alcohol, in particular, cancers of liver, colon, rectum, breast, esophagus and larynx.

Addiction to alcohol can be treated with timely medical intervention. However, saying “No” to alcohol may have severe physical and emotional implications. Hence, it is essential to ascertain the underlying causes that trigger urges and healthier ways to manage them. Many a times, a patient may experience a range of mental problems, including depression, anxiety and mood swings, which need to be effectively addressed during a patient’s stay in a rehabilitation center.

Leading an alcohol-free life

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) says that alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the U.S. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 15.1 million Americans aged 12 or older had an alcohol use disorder in 2016, which accounts for 5.6 percent of people in the age group.

There is no one standard solution for all while helping people combat alcoholism. What may work for one person could be a bad solution for another. Alcohol addiction is similar to any other kind of addiction and needs a dedicated treatment. Sovereign Health of San Clemente, California, understands the plight of someone who is unable to discontinue the use of alcohol despite the negative impact on his or her life.  If you or a loved one is struggling to overcome alcoholism, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives for assistance. Our state-of-the-art alcohol addiction treatment centers spread across California are known for their effective recovery programs, which have helped scores of individuals regain control of their lives.

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