Alcohol, although accepted cross culturally and a part of most social gatherings is also the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. About 75% of men and 66% of women are drinkers. In the United States alone, over 18.6 billion people have a serious problem with alcohol (“The Addiction Professional: Manual for Counselor Competency,” n.d.).
While under the influence of alcohol, it is no surprise that inhibitions are lowered. Thus mistakes are made and regrets can build from behaviors manifested from drinking. When people begin to engage in behaviors that do not align with their core values or beliefs they can begin to experience guilt, shame, regret, sadness, confusion, anxiety and signs of depression. If a person develops an attachment to alcohol, they may experience a progression from social drinking, to it becoming a desired object, then finally alcohol becoming a needed object. With this progression, distress, distortion of values, and emotional turmoil is likely to unfold in a person’s life and relationships.
Michelle Hill, MFTI
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern IMF 91401
Registered Addiction Treatment Counselor 7919-R
Supervised By: Glenn E. McClellan, Ph.D. License # psy 14169
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American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5 ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.