Social Consequences of Alcohol Abuse
How Alcohol Abuse impacts Behavior
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, violence is defined as a behavior that inflicts or attempts to inflict physical harm, and alcohol abuse and violence are associated with one another. Scientists have documented a two-way association between alcohol consumption and aggressive behavior or violence. Furthermore, although alcohol consumption can cause aggressiveness, many people who have had violence inflicted upon them, turn to abusing alcohol to cope, this leads to more violence.
When a person begins drinking alcohol their nervous system will be hampered from the drug, as will their prefrontal cortex causing their judgment to become impaired. In addition to the physical problems that arise from alcohol abuse, a drinker will also experience a change in their behavior, which can lead to them engaging in risky and harmful activities, such as unprotected sex and drinking and driving.
When it comes to alcohol consumption, the more a person drinks the more intoxicating the drug will be and the more their judgment will become impaired. This usually ends in a cycle of a person continually drinking more because the alcohol has hampered their judgment to the point where they think they can keep drinking. A person heavily intoxicated by alcohol may become violent or too friendly with strangers, resulting in them doing things they highly regret when they sober up.
Alcohol abuse will also impact a drinker’s social skills which can lead to them saying things they regret and acting in ways that are extremely embarrassing to them the following day.
The Social Consequences of Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol abuse will affect a drinker’s coordination, vision and speech. A person who is extremely intoxicated from alcohol may have a conversation with another person that sounds completely normal to them, but the reality is that they are slurring their words and not making any sense. This is just one example of the social consequences of alcohol abuse.
A drinker’s social skills will be impaired from alcohol consumption, and as they continue to drink their socialization capabilities will continue to worsen. Because of this, many people say things to others that they did not mean to say and act in ways towards others that are offensive, which leads a person to feel regret and embarrassment once they sober up.
Furthermore, alcohol abuse leads to drinker’s becoming friendlier to strangers or it can lead to people becoming violent towards others, both of which can cause dangerous situations to occur, which can result in people getting hurt or ending up in jail.