A 30-year-old neurological physician with a promising career, who recently scuffled in an alcohol induced attack with an Uber driver in Miami apologized for her actions on Good Morning America (GMA) this morning.
The doctor, Anajali Ramkissoon, a petite, attractive, five-foot, 100-pound, fourth-year neurology resident specializing in treating headaches attempted to hijack an Uber car after a five minute violent rampage which was captured on videotape and uploaded to YouTube.
The consequences for Doctor Ramkissoon’s actions can potentially be devastating. Besides already having her Uber account suspended, she is in danger of being fired from her job at Jackson Memorial Health.
The diminutive doctor whose assault on an overly polite Uber driver earned her unwanted worldwide Internet fame for verbally abusing and at one point trying to hit the ride sharing chaffeur, which was captured on video and later uploaded to YouTube, explained the reasoning behind her bizarre behavior on GMA. The YouTube video went viral and is presently at an astounding 5.5 million views and counting.
“In the moment I was just so angry. I wasn’t really thinking and if I could take it back I would,” Ramkissoon said. “There is absolutely no excuse for my actions. I am ashamed. I am so sorry. I’ve hurt so many people with this.”
Ramkisson says her father was admitted to the hospital that day and, just minutes before the incident, she and her boyfriend of two years had split.
“There is absolutely no excuse for my actions. I am ashamed. I am so sorry. I’ve hurt so many people with this.”
And the million dollar question was answered if Ramkissoon was in fact drinking alcohol prior to the incident. “Yes,” Ramkissoon replied when asked if she’d been drinking. “I’d actually driven to that place that night but I did not want to drive my car home so I left my car there and that was why I was trying to get the Uber to get home.”
While not everyone becomes aggressive after consuming alcohol, intoxication from alcohol is associated with nearly half of all violent crimes in America according to the Department of Justice and for people already prone to anger and violence, adding alcohol to the mix is like adding gasoline to a fire.
Karen Corcoran-Walsh, owner of Inspiration for Youth and Families teen rehab reports that alcohol reduces one’s ability to process multiple sources of environmental information; therefore it compromises the ability to evaluate the intentions behind the actions of people around you. The same scenario could have applied to Doctor Rankinsoon, who may have misinterpreted the Uber drivers refusal to give her a ride – precipitating a violent outburst by her.
Here’s another reason why alcohol impacts anger. Corcoran-Walsh says heavy drinking erases concerns about the potential implications of aggression. This could not be more evident regarding Doctor Ramlinsoon’s over-the-top antics
Corcoran-Walsh also points to the fact that alcohol disrupts brain functions. “Alcohol basically lulls the part of the brain associated with cognitive skills to sleep. With impaired brain function you are less able to resist a wide array of behavioral impulses.”
“This makes you more likely to act verbally or physically aggressive to people who irritate or anger you,” added Corcoran-Walsh, who also owns the Cove Center for Recovery adult addiction treatment center. The last effect regarding physical aggression is precisely how Doctor Ramkinsoon behaved that tragic Sunday evening in Brickell.
Now that it is confirmed what many believed already that Doctor Ramkinsoon was under the influence of alcohol when she attacked an Uber driver, the question remains why so many people downplay alcohol’s ability to produce life altering and sometimes tragic consequences.