What Causes Alcoholism?


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Have you ever wondered what causes alcoholism? Certain types of people are prone to become alcoholics when faced with certain situations. Find out more.

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What Causes Alcoholism?

  1. 1. What Causes Alcoholism? BY ILLINOISDRUGREHAB.NET
  2. 2. Understanding the Reasons for Alcoholism
  3. 3. Enjoying Alcohol is NOT Alcoholism Enjoying a drink once in a while or even every evening is not “alcoholism”. Alcoholism is alcohol dependence. It is a disorder when your body becomes dependent on alcohol. With alcoholism, the victim may continue to drink even though there may be negative consequences. The urge to drink becomes more important to satisfy than having the inclination to protect oneself or others from harm.
  4. 4. When Alcoholism Comes Knocking on Your Door Not everyone who enjoys alcohol becomes an alcoholic. Then how do some people transform from being alcohol consumers to alcohol abuse? Some people are predisposed to alcoholism and certain situations promote alcoholism. Here is a description of these risk factors.
  5. 5. Reason 1: Drinking Too Much, Too Often If your environment supports regular consumption of alcohol, you are more prone to alcoholism that others. Drinking too much on a regular basis over an extended period of time can cause a physical dependence on alcohol.
  6. 6. Those who begin drinking at an early age are at a higher risk of alcoholism. Reason 2: Age According to a survey published by New York Times, among those who began drinking before the age of 14, nearly 50% had become alcoholic dependent by the time they turned 21. Among those who started drinking after 21 years of age, only 9% developed alcoholism.
  7. 7. Reason 3: Family History If you have a parent or a close relative who is / was an alcoholic, you are at a higher risk of physical dependence on alcohol.
  8. 8. Reason 4: Depression or Other Mental Pressures Those suffering from depression are more prone to becoming alcoholics. Pressures like stress or anxiety may also result in binge drinking, promoting alcohol abuse. People with mental disorders like bipolar disorder also tend to have problems with alcohol.
  9. 9. Reason 5: History of Abuse Those who were abused as children are at a higher risk of alcohol dependence later in life. Both physical abuse and sexual abuse are strong causes of alcoholism.
  10. 10. Reason 6: Culture The problem of alcoholism is more prevalent in some cultures than in others. Studies have shown that alcoholism is more prevalent in societies where the consumption of alcohol is socially acceptable and common. The rates of alcoholism in the US and Western Europe are higher than in many other regions.
  11. 11. Reason 7: Psychological Vulnerability People with certain bents of mind are more prone to abuse alcohol. Those who have very high expectations from themselves, have low self esteem, have low frustration tolerance levels, need constant reassurance and have a tendency to be impulsive and aggressive are at higher risk of alcohol dependence.
  12. 12. Have a High Dependence on Alcohol? There are many people who go through what you are experiencing. But help is available. Contact The River Source at www.illinoisdrugrehab.net or call 888844-0814 TODAY and enquire about their treatment plans.