If you should ever be convicted of driving while intoxicated, you could face a number of penalties, including steep fines and the loss of your driving privileges. And your woes will only mount upon each subsequent conviction. But while these convictions can place tremendous strains on your life, they may also be indicative of a larger problem that needs addressing.
It can be very difficult for a person to accept that he or she has a drinking problem. For one thing, in our society drinking is considered a perfectly acceptable social lubricant. Having a drink or two can make socializing easier and more pleasant. But the problems begin when a person uses alcohol as a response to more than just a little social anxiety.
There are a number of behaviors that can serve as indicators of alcoholism. The following behaviors may be cause for concern:
- If drinking causes you to miss school or work.
- If you drink alone.
- If you lash out after being asked about your drinking habits.
- If you cannot control your alcohol intake.
- If you try to find excuses to drink.
Also, if you have continued drinking in spite of experiencing financial, social or legal issues, you may need to seek help and guidance from a counselor or other professional.
Alcoholism is a serious problem, but it is also very common and there is treatment available for those who are looking to address the issue. But one thing that could add to your problems is being handed a jail sentence for a DWI charge.
If you are contending with alcohol-related problems and are facing DWI charges, it is important to have your issues taken into consideration by the court. A DWI attorney could represent your interests and may be able to negotiate a more favorable sentence that takes your circumstances into account.