(Nov. 22, 2021) — In today’s high profile, always-on media world, there is now more attention and pressure placed on our sporting stars and celebrities than ever before. From glossy magazines showcasing the lives of the rich and famous to 24-hour news shows desperate to find the latest scoop on stars, anyone and anything is fair game when it comes to reporting on today’s celebrities.
Moreover, the exponential growth of social media and web reporting over the last 15 or so years has given a platform for even more would-be stars to emerge – people that perhaps otherwise would have never reached fame or stardom.
The rise in celebrity DUIs
Perhaps as a result of there being more celebrities – or even through the increased reporting on sporting stars and celebs – there seems in recent years to have been a rise in the number of DUI cases among the famous.
Despite the growing public objection and abhorrence towards drink driving, stars seem almost oblivious to the dangers of driving drunk and the disgust a DUI charge can cause. Top-level sportsmen like boxer Mike Tyson, quarterback Jeff Garcia, and Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward have all been caught in the past, while celebrities like Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Kiefer Sutherland have also faced DUI charges and had to find a top rated DUI attorney to defend them.
Possible reasons for DUIs becoming more common in celebrities
While there are many reasons why celebs might be more prone to being caught DUI, many psychologists speculate that it’s not uncommon for the rich and famous to feel a certain level of the ‘us and them’ mentality – almost as though their fame and fortune can protect them. Certainly, there is a deeply-held belief among many DUI counselors and therapists that having the elusive celebrity tag can lead to leaner convictions than those often doled out to the typical man in the street.
Is all publicity really good publicity?
At the other end of the scale, there are those who contend many sports stars and celebrities still believe in the adage, ‘any publicity is good publicity’ and think the media coverage they can get will ultimately aid in growing their fame (or notoriety).
Problems with existing mental illnesses
Depression has also been found to be a major contributing factor to those caught and prosecuted on DUI charges. Indeed, across the board (i.e., not just celeb convictions), it was found that 50% of all DUI cases involved some form of underlying mental illness. Thus, it can be little coincidence that of those with two or more DUI convictions, 60% were suffering existing mental problems – most commonly depression, bipolar disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
With the increasing pressure put on celebs and sports stars by the media – or even with the sinking feeling that comes from eventually retiring from the limelight or hanging up your boots for the last time – it could well be that depression is a factor in the rise of DUI cases among some of society’s most famed and revered.