Alcoholism usually starts with you drinking in small quantities but it slowly becomes a habit. Perhaps you start drinking to overcome stress or seek refuge from certain problems.
You find it difficult to quit and, eventually, this inclination becomes an addiction. You become dependent on alcohol to help you get over sorrows, miseries, disappointments, injuries, and the like. You feel that you can combat everything in this world if you have a drink.
Unfortunately, this is a total misconception. Instead, you lose your capabilities and become a slave to your drinking habit. Alcoholics develop their dependence for a variety of reasons, no two are likely to be identical. There are no proven causes that are specific to particular age groups. Everyone is influenced to various degrees by peer pressures, disappointments, accidents and tragedies, whatever their age and social situation.
Children and grandchildren of alcoholics may be more likely to become alcoholics due to environmental influences and certain genetic or biochemical abnormalities but other children from similar backgrounds are able to make their own successful paths through life. The offspring of alcoholic parents may possess greater capacity to consume alcohol and they try to indulge in more drinks than their mates to show offt heir capability. This acts as an initial boost along the path to you turning into an alcoholic. Some people say that they are better able to relax with a drink. Some others start drinking just for the fun of it, to be a part of their peer group or to satisfy their curiosity and find what it feels like. Some other people feel that consuming alcohol provides them with relief from their physical and psychological traumas; it acts as a de-stressor for them.
Unfortunately, this is their misconception. Drinking only temporarily numbs the nerves and brain. You become mentally incapable of discerning your problems and finding proper solutions to them. A single drink leads to many more; you slowly develop a regular pattern(really a hard-to-break habit) and then you become an addict, unable to survive without alcohol.
It is not just a quiet drink in the evening. Instead, it develops to drinking allthroughout the day or, rather, all your waking hours. With addiction, you lose count of time, day and night; you wake up or are conscious at odd hours and always drink away your time. There are exceptions to this, some alcoholics have greater sustaining strength and they continue with their relatively normal lives until the late and most serious stages.
You might attempt to see your psychiatrist as a way to fix your problem. But your negative mental state, already induced by the alcohol, fills your mind with anxiety, tension, depression, loneliness, gloominess, and discontent. These symptoms all encourage you to just take more alcohol which worsens your state.
Initially, you drink to overcome or forget these problems. However, drinking gradually weans you away from normal life and you create your own problemslike; X irregular attendance at place of work leading to financial problems, X lack of social life with family and friends leading to marital discord and distancing with peer groups, X indulgence in illegal and wrong activities, etc.
Although you took to alcohol to overcome problems, you accumulate more by excessive drinking and find it almost impossible to break the vicious circle. Alcoholism is not due to any blemishes or irregular features of a person’scharacter. Many people label alcoholics as having always been of loose, immoral, or defective character. Even some in the medical community view them in a similar way but the causes for alcoholism are varied and diverse. It can grip and destroy any type of person, whatever their abilities and accomplishments. The alcohol depression though. can be cured.
Only you can attribute your drinking habit to any particular cause.