Alcohol dependence, alcohol use disorder, is one of the most common addiction individuals struggle with. Not only can alcoholism wreak havoc on someone’s personal life, but also it dramatically affects every single relationship they are a part of. Perhaps, the most significant and most detrimental impacts come at the level of intimacy, partnership, and marriage. Alcohol destroys many romantic relationships, results in estranged marriages and causes a huge discourse between families. From intimacy issues, mistrust, a lack of communication to abuse, lack of emotional availability to financial burden and the adverse effects on young children; alcohol abuse in a romantic relationship can have severe effects on both partners, their children, and other family members.
Research shows that each year, more than 10 million women and men will experience physical abuse at the hands of a romantic partner. Physical violence may manifest itself when an intoxicated partner becomes aggressive or confused. Serious alcohol addiction can create troubling patterns of control that make it difficult for them to leave safely. In fact, most violence toward women occurs when she tries to leave an abusive situation.
The reasons about why alcohol can negatively affect our intimate relations are;
It’s a drug. By definition, alcohol (even in small amounts) can alter a person’s emotions, perception, and thought process. A known depressant, alcohol can lower your mood and inhibitions—a potential recipe for faster-to-fight situations between you and your partner.
It enjoys a cultural “pass.” Alcohol is widely accepted in the culture. Consciously or not, we often downplay its negative effects and view it as an almost mandatory aspect of celebrating, de-stressing, and so on. Case in point: Have you ever said something like: “I only said that because I was drunk,” “We only fight when we’ve been drinking,” or “We can’t celebrate our anniversary without wine?” These could be red flags that you’re failing to recognize the power that alcohol can have on you and your partner.
Its psychological effects directly influence social interaction. We already alluded to the idea that alcohol can impact your mood. To be more specific, heavy or even moderate drinking can cause a person to be more aggressive, disinhibited, defensive, sensitive, and irrational. These psychological effects can persist even after alcohol is out of your system, and in the long term can change brain function.
Alcohol addiction is an epidemic across the world. The CDC estimates that six people die every day from alcohol poisoning. Of the 15 million people that struggle with alcohol misuse, less than eight percent seek help for their addictions. If you or your partner is indulged in alcohol or any such substance abuse habit, it is in the best interest of all to seek medical help and care from an expert of the field.
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