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Drunk Driving Research Shows Alarming Growth Rate Among Veterans

Driving under the influence is a serious problem across Virginia and other states, but a new report details how this issue is impacting veterans at an alarming rate. According to The Military Times and research conducted by the American Addiction Centers, unhealthy drinking behaviors among veterans increased 60% since 2014. These behaviors included drunk driving and binge drinking. The data examined was taken from the Centers for Disease Control.

The research also examined the possible reasons behind such an increase, finding that emotional and psychological trauma among veterans may contribute to the potential for substance abuse and related behaviors. In addition, some data from a Department of Defense Health Related Behaviors Survey suggests that members of the military are immersed in a drinking culture as nearly 43% of respondents from certain branches admitted to binge drinking at least once per month.

In order to reduce drunk driving and binge drinking among veterans and service members, recommendations have been issued that would limit or eliminate alcohol sales on military bases. Those in command roles have also been encouraged to place a stronger emphasis on discouraging alcohol abuse and driving under the influence. Furthermore, family members and friends of veterans who may be struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder should not ignore signs of substance abuse and offer a safe environment in which to talk if a veteran seems to be in crisis.

Whether veteran or civilian, those facing a DUI charge typically turn to an attorney for legal guidance. In some cases, mistakes made on the part of law enforcement during driver testing for intoxication may indicate a false positive, while in other cases, a lack of training in carrying out these tests could result in the same. A defense attorney might be able to investigate these matters to provide representation for innocent drivers and argue on their behalf in court.

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