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Summer Olympics lightweight boxing champion faces DUI charges in Pasadena

Published On: 04-18-2017 in Category: alcohol addiction, Alcoholism, DUI

Boxer Oscar De La Hoya of Mexican origin, who represented the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympics winning a gold medal in the lightweight division, was recently arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in Pasadena. Law enforcement authorities said that the 43-year-old boxer was arrested for speeding in a Land Rover in Pasadena. While he was being pulled over, officers suspected him to be drunk. After a series of sobriety tests, he was arrested on charges of DUI on Jan. 24, 2017.

Earlier, in the evening prior to his arrest, Hoya was seen at several bars in the neighborhood, including Barney’s Beanery in Old Town Pasadena, where he had obliged to pose for a selfie with a fan. Hoya has been grappling with substance abuse problems for many years and records suggest that he has been to a rehab for alcohol and drug issues in the past.

Alcohol addiction rampant in US  

Alcohol is an integral part of American lifestyle and Pasadena is no exception. All over the U.S., millions of people grapple with alcohol addiction. It is often an excuse for escaping from a crisis, just another social occasion indulgence or dealing with a break up; alcohol seems to have the key to all problems in life. It all starts with drinking smaller amounts, which over time triggers the urge to indulge in binge drinking, eventually resulting in addiction.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28 people in the country lose their lives every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes. The CDC data also shows that the annual cost of alcohol-related crashes comes to more than $44 billion.

Studies show that alcohol is a widely-used depressant drug that slows down the normal functioning of the central nervous system (CNS) and the brain, making it hard to concentrate on the road while driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous due to the following reasons:

  • Diminished concentration and attention span.
  • Reduced and blurry vision.
  • Drowsiness and tendency to fall asleep.
  • Inability to multitask on the road
  • Inability to process sensory information

Effective time-tested strategies can help in curbing drunk driving. Sometimes, there is a need to have stricter laws that can foil DUI-related incidents. Some of those are:

  • Zero tolerance laws: Strict enforcement of the minimum legal drinking age of 21 years and the maximum legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08%.
  • Checkpoints to ascertain sobriety levels: Enabling police to stop vehicles and conduct breath tests on drivers at designated points.
  • Installing ignition interlocks: Mandating interlocks for all DUI offenders will ensure a significant impact.
  • Media campaigns to spread awareness: They go a long way in reminding people of the fatal consequences of DUI.
  • Laws to revoke or suspend licenses: Police should be empowered to use such laws at their discretion to prevent future DUI incidents.

Seeking treatment for alcohol addiction

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to alcohol or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Pasadena Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 626-788-9844 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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