Why Do Alcoholics Drink?

Why Do Alcoholics Drink?

The perpetual impending question about people who take to the bottle is ‘why do they drink?’…well, there isn’t an answer in this world that will satisfy the curiosity. The alcoholics themselves won’t know why they drink! It can be very frustrating to watch someone you love to destroy their lives by taking to alcohol. Everyone drinks a little, be it socially or with friends or when dealing with corporate events. So, why is it that some people can limit their drinking to social events and some people turn alcohol into an addiction?

There is really no way to determine the reason anyone drinks. If you’re dealing with a chronic alcoholic, you don’t need to understand what causes them to drink as much as how to get them or yourself some help to deal with this situation. Don’t blame yourself for their alcoholism. Try to understand how you can avoid letting your loved one’s alcoholism affect your own happiness.  If the person afflicted is a family member or your significant other, consider going to an Al-anon meeting. Although we can’t entirely understand why some people drink, a few reasons are given below-

1. To alleviate any anxiety & fear alcoholics are scared to confront. In such situations, alcohol serves as a way of self-medication.

2. Alcoholics may turn to the bottle as way of finding comfort and avoiding this difficult psychological struggle, the most common one being to find a meaning to their life on Earth.

3. Alcohol gives some people a sense of control, especially when they are inebriated. It offers escape from a world where they feel they have very little control.

4. Some turn to alcohol to self medicate for chronic pain or illness.

5. Some people are just more susceptible to addiction; it could be a product of genetics, it could be a product of their upbringing, it could be a combination of both.

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