“Common Causes of Alcoholism and What You Can Do to Prevent It”

The effects of alcoholism are well-known because of the way it ruins the lives of people who suffer from it. There’s no shortage of information on the internet that refer to the adverse effects of becoming an alcoholic. The media covers it frequently, the accidents that stem from drunk driving. Hollywood continues to make movies out of self-destructive stories from real life alcoholics.

We are all familiar of the consequences. We’ve all heard the horror stories.

But what’s less familiar in the public’s mind is the actual cause of alcoholism. What pushes a person to abuse alcohol and eventually become a full blown alcoholic? What causes this addiction?

It is important to know that alcoholism is often caused by a combination of genetic, psychological, and social factors.

All the familiar reasons are listed here: peer pressure, stress, and lack of self-control. But today we are going to take a deeper look at these various causes, to see exactly why alcoholism remains rampant in this modern society. We will also take a glance at some of the possible ways to prevent each of these.

Here are five of the most common causes of alcoholism.

  1.  Family History

If you have a parent or a relative who is an alcoholic, you automatically have a higher risk of alcoholism. This is partly because of genetics, and partly because of your environment. Growing up in a household wherein people drink heavily or abuse alcohol can influence a person to do the same.

This may not directly cause alcoholism, but it is important to note that this can play a role in its development. Unfortunately there’s not much you can do about this particular cause. We cannot choose our parents. We cannot change our environment that easily. But what a person does with these circumstances will define whether they become an alcoholic or not. At the end of the day, it’s all about personal choices.

  1. Starting Early

Abusing alcohol from an early age will significantly increase a person’s chances of becoming an alcoholic.

Physical dependence may develop as the person gets older, because drinking becomes a comfortable habit. Not just that, the body’s tolerance levels may increase before they even reach adulthood, making it more likely to develop into a bigger problem.

Underage drinking remains a problem, and it does not help that it is still being portrayed as the “cool” thing to do. Alcohol is prevalent among young adults under the age of 21 mainly because of peer pressure. Many of these people want to be labeled as popular among their peers, and so they engage in social drinking without a second thought.

As these people grow older, the habit may develop, and it eventually turns into alcoholism. Proper guidance on the part of the parents can go a long way in keeping this habit at bay. Self-confidence must be developed at home, so that the young adult won’t need as much of their peers’ approval.

Education is also essential especially for young adults wanting to explore the dangerous world of alcohol.


  1.  Stressful Environments

The urge to drink alcohol does not end when someone reaches adulthood, of course. In fact, adults are also susceptible to peer pressure. But in this case, many people turn to alcohol simply because of their stressful environments.

Adults have a lot to be stressed about: money, work, family, health, relationships, and a host of other factors that require their attention.

It is because of this stress that people turn to alcohol. They see it as an easy escape. What starts as social drinking can become a full blown addiction if the person starts depending too much on alcohol. Drinking every time you are stressed will definitely lead to dependence. Soon enough your body will start needing more and more of the drink.

Stress can come from many sources. But if you wish to prevent alcoholism, there are just as many ways to get rid of stress without having to drink. You can exercise, listen to music, hang out with friends, watch a movie, enjoy your hobbies, read a good book, or take pleasure in life’s many other offerings that are not harmful to you.

Proper stress management is necessary if you want to steer clear of alcoholism, even when you’re moving around in a stressful environment.

  1.  Mental Health Problems

It’s so easy to depend on alcohol whenever we feel anxious or depressed. But we have to realize that drinking our problems away does not actually work. We forget about it for a little while, but then it comes back to hit us harder. The reality sets in, and we find ourselves unable to handle the problem properly because we’re too intoxicated. Plus, we now have health problems to worry about too.

As these stressful factors come in, we tend to rely more on alcohol, until it’s gotten a full hold of our self-control. Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and a lot of other mental health issues can increase the risk of alcoholism.

Seeking medical help is sometimes essential when it comes to combating these various causes. What’s important is that you keep it clear to yourself that you want to get better. Seek treatment at our alcohol treatment center and get started on the road to sobriety.


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“Common Causes of Alcoholism and What You Can Do to Prevent It”
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