It is believed that the most commonly consumed substance in the world is Alcohol. Alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, spirits, and liquors are so commonly accepted that you are unlikely to go to a party or social gathering without them.
People suffering from stress, depression, anxiety, or other mental disorder can find it difficult to use alcohol responsibly.
Millions of people are affected by Alcoholism, but it affects the people you live with and love the most.
Alcohol affects relationships in almost every way, but the extent of the effect depends on how much you or your partner drink.
Alcohol and Emotions.
Alcohol help to slow down reactions, speech, muscles and memory. This is why many people use Alcohol to escape from stress, negative emotions and even heavy workloads.
Abusers of alcohol are more likely to be emotionally withdrawn and unavailable. This will result in the person becoming more egocentric and selfish because they don’t need approval or outside support to get the feel-good rush of dopamine and serotonin to the brain.
Domestic Violence and Emotional Abuse.
Alcohol does not cause violence or abusive behaviors, it merely makes the abuser feel comfortable doing it.
People who are in relationships where alcoholism is common are more likely to experience domestic violence and frequent or recurring emotional abuse.
Frequent arguing, frequent belittling and complaining, ignoring a partner’s emotional needs, and manipulating or controlling a partner are various examples of emotional abuse.
A vicious cycle.
Many people use alcohol to tackle some problems like stress, tiredness, or depression. But drinking only temporarily covers problems up and often makes them worse.
For example, drinking causes hangover, poor sleep, depression, anxiety, and poor decision making, all of which can dramatically affect mood and stress levels for the next day. This in turn leads to more drinking to cover the stress, creating a vicious cycle.
Alcohol and promiscuity
People who drink alcohol are more likely to flirt, cheat, engage in unprotected sex, or otherwise engage in promiscuous behavior that will harm their relationship. This can result in betrayal of trust, STD’S, lying, and even unplanned pregnancies.
Financial impacts of alcohol abuse.
Having one or two members of a relationship addicted to alcohol can put serious stress on a relationship due to financial difficulties. Alcohol users make rash decisions, and if drinking in a bar or restaurant, they spend significant amount of money on alcohol.
Financial difficulties will cause stress, difficulties keeping a home or apartment, and are often one of the largest causes of arguments, stress, and eventual separation.