What Are the Social Implications of Misusing Alcohol

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David Hucks
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David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com

Occasional use of alcohol can be relaxing and fun in social situations. At the same time, alcohol is a hard substance that significantly impacts your ability to think and function. When alcohol is abused or misused, problems tend to creep up in your life. The consequences of misusing alcohol can happen in a variety of ways, including the operation of a vehicle while intoxicated. Drunk driving deaths totaled 10,511 in 2018, showing just how common and dangerous alcohol use can be when not considerate of surrounding circumstances.

In particular, one of the most often overlooked side effects of drinking alcohol is the social implications that come along with misusing it. Let’s go over these problem points now to encourage you to develop healthier habits.

Mental Isolation

An important starting place is the mental isolation experienced from misusing alcohol.

When you drink regularly, it may be difficult for you to feel like others understand your situation. They are often unable to relate when it comes to the frequency at which you drink.

In turn, you may feel like you are alone with your problems. This sense of isolation can further push you to drink and continue the cycle. While alcohol may feel like an escape or release, it only allows you to run from your problems rather than address them. 

Experiencing feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety, and low self-esteem are also common as you know drinking only makes the situation worse, even though it may feel like the only answer. Any irrational behavior you may make while drunk can further amplify any negative feelings you might have.

With this in mind, alcohol directly affects your brain, mood, and temperament. These effects in combination with being unable to relate to others translate to feelings of extreme isolation.

Familial Strain

Abusing alcohol also often results in familial strain.

While you may drink to wind down after a long and stressful day of work, your actions and presence still impact those around you. Drinking may allow you to forget or not care about what happens, but your family is still aware.

Excessive use of alcohol tends to result in either being negligent of the needs of your family or behaving in aggressive and potentially violent manners. In turn, you will be unable to emotionally contribute to the household.

Even if you have no bad intentions when drinking, your family is still affected. Remaining mentally present allows you to understand them and give them the love and support they need.

Career Difficulties

Overuse of alcohol can also be directly linked to career difficulties.

Regardless of the field you work in, performing at your optimal mental capabilities is essential to producing great results and vertically advancing. Anything that gets in the way of this by stealing your precious mental resources will impair your career aspirations.

Alcohol is especially notorious for this because you are much more likely to engage in poor behavior that can hurt your career. Not only that, but drinking often results in hangovers the next day and this will directly impact your ability to focus, think, and communicate.

If you truly want to prioritize your career, this requires sacrifice in the form of making better health decisions that aren’t always fun. Drinking directly sabotages your ability to work the next day and a constant pattern of this will cause permanent problems in your career.

Correcting Bad Habits

With all of this in mind, the frequent overuse of alcohol is an incredibly bad habit that will spill into all aspects of your life. 

It might seem okay and like you have everything under control, but feeling highly functional doesn’t mean you are thriving in life. Instead, you are just finding ways to cope and get by. Feeling a need to drink typically indicates a void in your life caused by something else.

Getting help may sound like a cliché, but alcohol addiction is incredibly complex and poses a powerful temptation. When you commit to better habits and more sober living, your life and relationships will flourish.

Alcohol is incredibly popular and the urge to drink can be anywhere. Because alcohol is a powerful depressant, misusing it can quickly result in serious problems.

A less clear ramification of drinking is the effect it has on your social life. In particular, alcohol abuse results in mental isolation, familial strain, and career difficulties.

Alcohol is highly addicting and it can be incredibly difficult to admit that you have a problem with it. The earlier you accept how drinking is negatively impacting you, the sooner you can get things back on track and start living the life you’ve always wanted.

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