People all over the world drink alcohol in various forms and cultural settings. But often it is abused and misused. The abuse of alcohol has harmful effects on the abuser, people close to him and the wider society.
Who are affected by alcohol abuse?
- The abuser is the first person affected by alcoholic abuse. Heavy drinking has negative impacts on the personality of the abuser. Alcohol increases irritability, poor judgment and reasoning. Personality damaged by alcohol extends to other relationships.
- Alcohol abuse hurts the family. Serious domestic violence is linked to alcohol abuse. Verbal and physical abuse of spouse and children is also attributed to alcoholism. Most broken marriages are caused by alcohol abuse. Children growing up with an alcohol abuser usually do not do well in school. They are often absent and have the tendency to be depressed and isolate themselves from society. They also learn to drink alcohol even at a young age.
- Alcohol abuse is linked to several social ills that affect other people not connected to the abuser. Studies will show that there is a clear connection between alcohol abuse and higher rates of absenteeism in the workplace. The daily flow of work is affected because of the absence of the alcohol abuser. Alcohol is involved in majority of vehicular accidents and other people are injured and properties damaged. Violent crimes in the neighborhood are attributed to alcohol abuse.
There are not only psychological effects of alcohol abuse, but also of economic expenditures to reckon with. Alcoholics not only spend money on alcohol, but they also suffer adverse economic effects. Their income lessens as they continuously absent themselves from work. Some of them lose their jobs. They become prone to illnesses, thus increase in medical expenses. They have to spend on legal cost of drink-related offenses. They become ineligible to apply for loans. Unfortunately most alcoholics come from high poverty areas. Some studies say that they turn to alcohol because they cannot face the problems of poverty. However, some psychologist say that this is a very lame excuse. It only adds to the existing poverty problems. They should instead strive hard to get out of their poor situation by working hard.
Alcohol may not be as toxic as other substances, but it is still damaging to the abuser and to people who are intimately close to the alcoholic or remotely connected to the abuser.