How Does My Alcohol Abuse Affect Others?

While some individuals have the financial resources to allow their addiction to continue indefinitely, for most people an initial wake-up call is when they realize that, because of their chronic alcohol use, they are no longer able to care for themselves or the people they care about.

If you have become addicted to alcohol, you already know first-hand how expensive the habit can be. You may or may not have already experienced the effects of tolerance. Alcohol tolerance occurs over time as your body begins to counteract the effects of alcohol. Generally speaking, the more alcohol you use the more your body will require to achieve drunkenness. If you are wondering if you are becoming tolerant to alcohol, ask yourself the following:

  • How does the amount I drank when I first began alcohol use compare with the amount I frequently ingest now?
  • How different are my habits from those of a year ago? Two years ago?
  • Do others comment on how much I drink?

How Alcoholism Affects Relationships

While the financial repercussions of chronic alcohol abuse are perhaps the most visible signs of deterioration, what can be the most devastating is the way in which your alcohol abuse can gradually erode your ability to create and maintain important relationships with those that you care about. For many, alcohol abuse begins as an attempt to fight feelings of loneliness. Unfortunately, alcoholism only creates more loneliness as the disease gradually pushes away most of the priorities in an individual’s life. Whether you are a husband, wife, son or daughter, chronic alcohol abuse has the capacity to sever most of ties between you and the people you care about. Alcoholism also has the potential to affect those around you by altering your physical appearance and health. Coworkers, friends, students, children and even a spouse can feel alienated as they are forced to watch a disease overcome your mind and body. Alcoholism is responsible for many deaths each year, and your death would greatly sadden and impact those around you.

Alcoholism Rehabilitation Help

If you or someone you care about is dealing with an addiction to alcohol, we can help. We are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to answer any questions you may have as well as point you toward quality options for drug rehab. The call is free, and we may be able to work with your insurer. You can recover from alcoholism and repair relationships with others. We can help.