A few drinks might be relaxing after a demanding and lengthy workday. However, some people abuse alcohol as a coping method and develop substance use disorder as a result.
Over 6% of adults in the United States, or around 1 in 12 men and 1 in 25 women, suffer from an alcohol use disorder.
Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a medical condition characterized by an inability to manage or limit alcohol consumption, even though it has negative effects, especially on relationships.
These are the effects of alcohol on any relationship:
Loss of Intimacy
Because intimacy demonstrates an affection for another person, humans have a natural hunger for it. When you know that someone cares for you, you feel wonderful.
However, AUD produces intimate problems since drinking changes a person’s brain, making them unconscious– literally and figuratively –of their lack of affection.
When you suffer from AUD, expect that you will neglect most or all of your responsibilities with your partner, child, friends, work, etc. Excessive alcohol consumption can make you forget the responsibilities that you need to do.
Issues with the Law
A person with AUD is not thinking clearly. Their head is full of false confidence and even violence. AUD can cause issues with the law, like drunk driving, domestic violence, public scandal, etc. These problems with the law can make a rift between relationships.
AUD costs money – lots of money. People who can not control their alcohol consumption will spend money on alcohol even though the money is for something more important.
Most times, AUD affects the financial situation of families causing altercations and gaps between family members.
When a partner or loved one maintains or supports unfavorable or destructive behavior to appease the other person by de-escalating rather than addressing the problem head-on.
If you or someone you love suffers from alcohol abuse disorder, know that we can help you.