Being an addict of any substance is difficult and can be an obstacle to beat; it starts as a casual thing before becoming dependent on the substance is developed and makes it hard for people to overcome.
But even before the pandemic people still struggled with their dependency on alcohol, their alcohol addiction may have occurred because of internal factors that they believed they could not control or improve.
What makes people want to drink?
Different factors can influence a person’s decision to start drinking alcohol; however, not all of the possible reasons may be linked to negative events. Individuals may choose to have a drink to celebrate things, such as:
- Receiving a promotion or a new job
- Graduating from college or university
- Relocating into a new property
- Expanding their family
There has been a shift in the amount that increased alcohol intake across the UK, the main reasoning for more individuals drinking more alcohol were related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions related to it.
But negative reasons that happen in someone’s life that may cause them to start heavily drinking alcohol:
- Being made unemployed
- The passing of a loved one (experiencing grief and trauma)
- Experiencing physical or mental health issues (depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder)
- Having issues with their self-image or their identity
- Coping with intense emotions, such as stress or anger
Dan Carden, a gay MP for Liverpool Walton, admitted that he turned to alcohol to cope with not being confident with his sexuality.
This turned into an alcohol addiction as the years went on and admitted the damage that was done to his body almost killed him two times.
But, his decision to get help with his addiction was one commended by other members of parliament and also the British public.
If you are struggling with an alcohol addiction like Dan Carden, you can click here to know more about treatment.
Whilst referring to himself as someone with an alcohol addiction rather than an alcoholic shows the negative stigma around the word ‘alcoholic’.
When individuals think of someone who is an alcoholic, they tend to think of people who are:
- Secretive and dishonest
- Regularly intoxicated
- Having no interest in activities they regularly did
- Needing to drink more
- Presenting as tired or unwell
- Experiencing mental health issues
- Unable to say no to alcohol
The deadliness of long-term alcohol intake
People who experience long term alcohol misuse make them more likely to have a stroke, heart disease, pancreatic and various types of cancer (including heart, liver, mouth, breast and bowel). Those who drink alcohol continuously also experience memory loss, a lower attention span and have an irregular heartbeat.
Individuals experiencing the long term effects of high alcohol intake will develop a strong alcohol addiction that is hard to overcome without the right help and support.
People may choose to drink because they feel it is the only thing in their life that they can control, but there are ways to overcome alcohol addiction.
To know more about getting free help for alcohol addiction, click here for more NHS resources.