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Women: Alcohol will affect you differently

If you're female, your physiology is different from men. Your body handles the intake of alcohol differently than men's bodies do. For this reason, women may end up with higher concentrations of alcohol in their blood despite drinking the same amount of alcohol as men.

As a female, you need to understand why alcohol affects you differently, so that you can plan to drink less or make plans to stay out of your vehicle when intoxicated. Not doing so can lead to heavy intoxication, possible alcohol poisoning and drunk driving.

Arrested for heroin use? Alternative programs could be a good fit

According to statistics, it has been estimated that 13.5 million people around the world take opiates, and of those individuals, around 9.2 million use heroin. In 2016, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated that 4,981,000 Americans admitted to trying heroin in their lifetimes. That included people under the age of 12.

Heroin is illegal in the United States because of its high risk of addiction, overdose and death. While other opiates are controlled and prescribed to patients who need them, heroin is not among them.

How does alcohol interact with your body?

One common thing that people believe is that they can drink the same amount of alcohol as their friends or family members and still be fine. The reality is that alcohol affects everyone differently. What makes one person a little tipsy might be enough to make another person drunk.

Alcohol affects people differently based on a few different factors. Some of the factors that might influence how alcohol affects you include:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Weight
  • Drinking history
  • Food
  • Speed of intake
  • Fizziness
  • Genetics
  • Body type

3 common drugs can lead to serious penalties and health concerns

Street drugs are common across America. There are several that are the most likely to be stumbled upon, though. Many are Schedule I drugs, meaning that they have no medical purpose and are illegal within the confines of the United States or its territories.

Drugs can cause crippling addictions. They lead to withdrawal symptoms and can result in lasting consequences years after a person stops using. Some of the most common drugs are still the most deadly today.

Drug offenders need treatment, not jail

When someone gets arrested for a drug-related crime, is putting that person behind bars really the best option? It is often what the authorities seek to do. However, one can make the argument that it would be far better to give these offenders the treatment they need to get over their addictions.

After all, isn't addiction really the reason for the crime? The person may not want to break the law, may not want to use the drugs and may not want to serve time. They just cannot help it.

DWI defense: 3 tips to protecting your rights and your license

When you went out for the night with your friends you didn't think about drinking too much and getting behind the wheel. Instead, all you focused on was having a good time. Unfortunately, if you did drive recklessly as a result of being intoxicated, then you could face a DWI.

There is no minimum jail time for a DWI in New York. There are maximum jail times allowed by the state. Here is a little bit more about what you can expect if you are faced with a DWI charge.

Ecstasy: A popular club drug

There are many drugs that are on the streets in New York, not just the major drugs such as Fentanyl, heroin or cocaine. Club drugs are a particular problem, because of the risk that they could impact people of all ages and even be slipped into their drinks during a night out.

One of the most common club drugs is ecstasy. This drug is also known as MDMA, XTC, E, X, Eve, Adam, beans, love drug, peace, uppers, molly and many other nicknames. This drug comes in oral forms in most cases, requiring users to take it in capsules or tablets. Some people do crush it and snort it. Normally, this drug comes alongside others such as marijuana or alcohol.

Shoplifting: Not a gender-specific crime

Shoplifting is a crime that can get you into trouble with the law. Often, it's associated with women, because society promotes that women shop much more frequently than men. The reality is that both women and men can and do shoplift.

Statistics from Shoplifting Prevention show that there are around 27 million people who shoplift in the United States. Of those, around 10 million have been caught shoplifting in the last five years. Shoplifting doesn't just happen in department stores or clothing stores but also in supermarkets, music stores and thrift shops.

A BUI could affect your driver's license, too

DUIs have the potential to significantly impact your life if you're not cautious. In fact, it's possible to get a DUI on land and in the water. If you plan to go boating, remember that alcohol, while not prohibited while driving, can still get you into trouble. If you drink and end up with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher, you'll still face charges and penalties for being intoxicated behind the wheel of your vessel.

The risks to you while driving intoxicated are high in the water or on land. While you may feel there are fewer potential hazards on the water, that's not necessarily the case. The potential for hitting sand banks, debris and other boaters makes it dangerous to drive while intoxicated.

Prescription restriction: Why you shouldn't give away medications

Prescription pills come in many forms, from those for pain to those to calm the nerves. Prescription pills are restricted, and individuals may not obtain them without the permission of a medical provider.

With any prescription, you need to understand that the medication is for you and you alone. There are many reasons why you shouldn't share medications, even if someone else uses one that is the same or similar to what you have.

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