The vast majority of those who drink alcohol will have had one too many on occasion and while this is an accepted part of life, most will ensure such instances are very rare indeed.
For those who do drink to excess on a regular basis there are health and social problems that come as part and parcel of such behaviour and must be taken into account.
Rather than focus on the unwanted health implications and the possibility of alcohol dependence, this article will consider just some of the many negative social aspects that excessive drinking can bring.
It is a well-known fact that if one partner in a relationship begins to drink heavily that difficulties will loom large.
The problem here is that instead of facing up to their responsibilities and trying to work things out with a disillusioned partner many feel the answer is at the bottom of a glass and begin to drink more heavily.
Please understand this is not the way to resolve problems in a relationship, indeed it is exactly the opposite.
Absence from work and missing social invitations:
The heavier, more regularly a person partakes in drinking sessions the greater the likelihood of hangovers and a general feeling of shabbiness the following morning become.
This will often discourage them from attending work, or if they do turn up they will be late. These absences and tardy arrival times will not go unnoticed by your employer.
Then there are missed social invitations. This is because they are either forgotten about, or the amount already consumed before the event leaves you unwilling or unable to attend.
Both types of absence will come to harm your social standing and repeated episodes can lead to dismissal from work and an absence of future social invites.
Aggressive encounters await:
It is often the case that as the amount consumed increases so do the chances of being involved in confrontations.
People who have aggressive tendencies when sober often find their aggression levels rise in line with the amount they drink. This leaves them looking for trouble and often finding it. The damage caused to property and others involved can leave the perpetrator in hot water with the police and authorities.
Even those who are not generally hotheaded can find themselves caught up in violence they would normally avoid, or when sober would diffuse such situations before they got out of hand.
Driving while over the limit:
This is far more serious than many people care to think about. One only has to look at official statistics regarding the amount of accidents, injuries and deaths caused by needless and often reckless drivers who have been drinking.
The damage caused can devastate innocent victim’s families, put the driver in question in serious trouble with the authorities and cause job loss as well as imprisonment.
Reckless attitude to sexual encounters:
The more a person drinks, the lower their inhibitions become. This often leads to sexual encounters with strangers or people they would not entertain in this manner when sober.
The embarrassment and ‘walk of shame’ the morning after a drunken session that finds them waking up next to a stranger whose name is forgotten, and who is anything but the highly attractive person they were drawn to while wearing their ‘beer goggles’ is one thing.
But, far more worrying is the fact that unprotected sex is a distinct possibility due to a devil-may-care attitude. This leaves them wide open to sexually transmitted diseases, and in the case of women, unwanted pregnancies.
The bottom line:
Drinking alcohol can be a pleasurable experience. It helps relax and can elevate mood levels. It can also enhance social occasions with family and friends, but it must be remembered that the keyword when drinking is “moderation”.