Alcoholism Can Affect A Person Financially, Physically, And Psychologically
Sometimes it is easily forgotten that Alcohol is an addictive substance. The odd glass of wine with a meal, a beer after work is socially acceptable. There are government guidelines that indicate the maximum alcoholic units per week that are safe to consume .However problems occur when drinking to excess or drinking as a solitary activity and eventually the person finds that they cannot get to sleep at night without a drink or even a bottle of wine or vodka or they cannot face the day without having a few glasses of wine, spirits or beer before they leave the house. Alcohol is very addictive and some people can monitor their consumptions but others find it very difficult, which can result in the need for alcohol to take over their lives.
If alcohol becomes a major part of someone’s life there are obviously going to be some effects on that person’s life in particular the financial cost, a cost to physical health and the psychological impact including relationships
The implication on finances can be two fold. Firstly, is the actual cost of the alcohol can be crippling. The odd glass of bottle of wine can be realistically absorbed into an average budget, but if the amount is for example 2-3 bottles a day (and this can be wine, beer or spirits) this can soon eat into earnings.
Apart from the obvious cost, there is the physical cost. Physically, if someone is drinking to excess on a regular basis they get a hangover on a regular basis, this can a lack of pride in appearance, a lack of concentration, chronic dehydration; liver disease and various other illnesses. The hangovers, appearance and lack of concentration can seriously affect the ability to work which will ultimately result in lack of money Sometimes people drink more alcohol more than they should because they feel that it helps their mood, but in reality it can mean that you need to drink more and more each time to get a good mood feeling, In fact the coupled with the financial problems, alcohol can make you feel ore anxious and depressed, which can lead to a downward spiral that affects relationships by putting enormous stress on those closest.
It is important to realize that in reality there is what is known as an addictive personality and sometimes the addict through no fault of their own has little control over their addiction. There is help through AA or through their Doctor, but without the appropriate support a person with an addictive behavior may just replace on addictive behavior with another.
The Effects of Alcoholism and Family Relationships
Alcoholism has been defined by Wikipedia as compulsive, uncontrolled consumption of alcoholic beverages to the extent of causing problems to the drinker’s health, personal relationships and even social circles. It is considered an addictive illness in the medical field, with the person suffering from it referred to as an alcoholic. In America alone, approximately 17.6million (about 8.46%) of the adult population abuse alcohol.
Alcoholism has many negative effects to the drinker as well as the people around them. It is experienced in both wealthy and poor families. From its onset, family relations start taking a negative turn. It is associated with child neglect and abuse, and violence in the family. Slowly, close family ties are broken and in comes quarrels, tempers and both verbal and physical abuse. Homes are broken and jobs lost, which could mean loss of family’s main source of income. There are also the jovial alcoholics, who laugh a lot, pay more attention to entertainment and jokes even when seriousness is required, causing emotional distress to people around them.
With the lost time also goes money that could have been put to better use. Often times we’ve heard of people drinking themselves to poverty; to extents of selling off all their property, even family homes. Lives have been lost due to alcoholism. WHO research conducted in 2011 showed that about 2.5million deaths (about 4% of all deaths) every year are as a result of alcohol abuse. These numbers are far greater than those of deaths by HIV/Aids, violence or tuberculosis, yet still, alcoholics are much more prone to these infections and violent behavior.
Treatment of alcoholics involves lots of time and resources and is a huge socio-economic burden to family and friends. Therefore, alcoholism being a global problem causing harm beyond psychological and physical health of the drinker and their family requires a global approach to solve. More attention and resources should be directed towards finding and solving the causal factors and treatment of the early stage alcoholics. This will prevent the unnecessary suffering in our families; lead to better productivity at personal level and prosperity for the global society as a whole. For the advanced stage alcoholics, there are several other treatment options including counseling, rehabs, support groups, medication and even relapse-prevention programs. Our governments should support these programs more, for we are all interdependent.
Posted by July 7th, 2016