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What Causes Someone to Drink And Abuse Alcohol

Updated on August 12, 2013

The Huge Question

The question for anyone that has a drinking problem is "what causes someone to drink and abuse alcohol?"

The list of why so many people drink and abuse alcohol is endless. Everyone has his/her own problems and each have reasons of why the drink and abuse alcohol to the point that they are now addicted to alcohol. It is a huge part of their lives, and they often wonder if they can go through life without alcohol in it.

Here are some reasons I can relate to when I drank and abused alcohol.

  • No self esteem.
  • Financial problems.
  • Marriage problems.
  • Lack of confidence.
  • Someone may be very ill in the family or maybe a close friend.
  • Loss of employment.
  • Relationship problems.
  • On the verge of losing your home to foreclosure.
  • Not making enough money to make ends meet.
  • Being laid off from your job.

These are just a few reasons why someone might drink and abuse alcohol. I filled a few of those categories while I was abusing alcohol. I am sure there are many more reasons people drink, but each person has their own reasons why they drink.

I have found out over the years that drinking and abusing alcohol does nothing good for any of us. Drinking simply masks the problem for a very short time, and when sobered up the problem is still there and sometimes worse than when you drank to wash those problems away.

Drinking alcohol fixes NOTHING! You can be assured that drinking will make matters worse than they really are. When we drink, thinking we will feel better and everything will be just fine, we are only fooling ourselves.

I have nothing against drinking alcohol, believe me. I loved to drink, and I was one of those that when drinking, you feel as if you have all the confidence in the world, and you are very well liked because now you fit in with all your friends that drink. If you can drink responsible and not over do it then there is nothing wrong at all with drinking alcohol, but there are those that just don't know when enough is enough, like me. In that case you have to say goodbye to your demons and start a fresh and sober life, like me again.

You think that the world is great and you can fix anything that maybe a problem while you are under the influence of the mighty drink. I laugh at myself now, that I was so stupid to think alcohol was going to fix anything that may have been wrong in my life, and I bet there are millions that feel the same way.

Alcohol does exactly what it is supposed to do and that is:

  • It taste good.
  • It quenches your thirst.
  • It gives you a buzz.
  • It gets you drunk.
  • It makes you make a total ass out of yourself.
  • It makes you forget what you did the night before.
  • It makes you act like a fool.
  • It make people look down at you as a pure alcoholic.
  • It makes you get into fights and arguments.
  • It makes you think you are superman/superwoman.
  • It makes you have accidents such as falling or drinking and driving.
  • It makes you think you are the smartest person in the world and know everything.
  • It gives you one hell of a hangover.
  • It makes you think you are never wrong.
  • It causes severe health problems.
  • It gives you many DUI's.
  • It makes you feel indestructible.
  • It causes an early death when abusing it for so long.

With that said, and if we know what beautiful things alcohol is designed to do, then why in the world do we abuse alcohol so much?

© 2012 Mark Bruno


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      5 years ago

      Many young men have told me this as to why they drink, "My brothers all do it and my father did it. I am the same and it will never change." To me it is a form of saying, This is just how it is and thats OK. Never has anyone of them questioned the problems this has caused their family. Then I heard in the next breath these words, "It doesn't hurt me." Well let me share this, all these men had to drink beer in the AM due to shakes without it. Each on told themselves they were Superman. Im OK, Not me. One, after about 35 years of drinking, ended up with brain cancer. It came on fast, began with 1 1/2 yrs of different kinds of sicknesses because the immune system was shot.

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      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Anna- Thank you so much for your kind words and I am so happy for your father and you and your family. That is so wonderful that your father quit drinking when you were young. That is one regret I have that I lost many fond years with my children while they were growing up. For them to see their dad with a beer in his hand everyday for many years, now make me sick to even think about, but I made good. It is never too late to change your life as I did. Thanks so much for your comment Anna.

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      5 years ago

      Mark, I don't even know you and I am so proud of you. It can be done with that will power only special and smart people can have and follow thru. My father made that wonderful decision of quitting when we were children. Now he is 72 years old and since he promised he would not drink again, he has not touched alcohol…he did it for himself and his small family. Isn't that powerful?

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Carol, Thanks for the comment Carol and I certainly can say drinking every single day is a horrible thing, but when addicted it can not be helped. I and all alcoholics have to be strong enough to say no more. I have to stop drinking forever in which I did over 3 years ago and couldn't be happier.

      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Holiday and a safe and Happy New Years :)


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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I don't understand this getting drunk on a daily basis or actually ever. I enjoy drinking but one or two does it for me. However, I know we all have moments we want to escape and food and drink doesn't work for very long. Too much food makes you fat and too much drink makes you a lot of unpleasant things. Great HUB.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Anna- Thanks for the comment and setting boundaries is the key and overdoing anything in life is sure a no no. Have a great Christmas Holiday :)

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      5 years ago

      Well, some people do not know to set boundaries. It is like with other things or habits. Everything in excess is a no no. Thanks for the hub.


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