What Is Intoxication to Drugs or Alcohol?
Intoxication is the point where someone drinking alcohol is no longer aware of his common sense of right and wrong. It is the mental and physical state of being that he finds himself in without even realizing it. This manner of impairment exceeds not only legal limits but physical ones as well causing the person to behave in ways he or she would not normally do.
Being in a state of intoxication is a serious situation, especially if it is an ongoing one. Some alcoholics have to get up and have a drink first thing in the morning. Some can hide it fairly well, managing to hold a job during the week and getting plastered on the weekends. It eventually catches up to them, and they use up sick days and vacation days rapidly.
People are arrested for public drug or alcohol intoxication, which is stumbling along in a public area. You could be up to absolutely nothing more than walking home from the corner bar, but if you are stumbling or out past curfew in some cities, you will immediately be picked up by the first police car that passes by and taken in. Sometimes the officers do not even book you but just put you in a holding cell for a few hours, and once you are not under drug or alcohol intoxication; they release you. This is a humane effort to make sure that you are safe until such time as you are able to make rational decisions and get yourself home safely.
Intoxication simply means that one is not able to make such rational decisions on their own. The state of intoxication a person finds himself in can be harmful to himself and those around him. People have literally blacked out during such high levels of alcohol intoxication and woke up next to strangers or in strange places. They have no recall of the night before. These times of intense intoxication are a red flag warning a person to seek help immediately. Do you or someone you know find any of these behaviors familiar? Make a call to an alcohol treatment center or Alcoholics Anonymous and get help.