Risk Factors of Alcoholism

Written by Chloe Nicosia

Understanding the Risk Factors of Alcoholism

Alcohol is a generally accepted part of society, and while most of us know that too much alcohol isn’t good for you, few understand what the risk factors of alcoholism are. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, there are roughly 88,000 deaths each year linked to the abuse of alcohol, making it in the top three of the preventable causes of death in America.

In this article, we will examine the risk factors of alcoholism as well as questions you can ask to tell if you need help.

Alcoholism Defined

According to government bodies responsible for the collection of data regarding alcoholism, it is a disease that is known medically as alcohol use disorder. It is classified by an inability to cease alcohol use and alcohol-seeking behavior that causes the person to place the consumption of alcohol above many other more important areas of their life, such as family, friends and work.

Over time, the abuse of alcohol can lead to a dependence whereby the individual’s body becomes reliant on alcohol, leading to various withdrawal symptoms when the person remains sober. The development of dependence often coincides with an addiction, whereby the person’s brain structure changes – a symptom of the disease of addiction.

Risk Factors of Alcoholism

The reason why one person can have the same amount of alcohol over a period as another and not develop an addiction is because addiction is based on several factors that increase the risk of forming an addiction. Of course, abused for long enough, anyone can become an alcoholic.

As far as the amount a person drinks is concerned, the people who drink more than the following have increased risk of alcoholism:

  • More than 12 alcoholic drinks in a week for women.
  • More than 15 alcoholic drinks a week for men.
  • Binge drinking is when a person drinks more than 5 standard drinks in one day over a period of a week, which increases the risk.

Other factors that can cause an increased risk of alcoholism include the following:

  • Low self-esteem.
  • You drink when you are young, due to peer pressure.
  • Alcohol use is common in your house on culture.
  • High levels of stress that you use alcohol to reduce.
  • One of the genetic risk factors of alcoholism is if someone in your family is an alcoholic.
  • Another one of the possible genetic risk factors of alcoholism is if there is depression or an anxiety disorder in your family. Even if just you have it, the risk still increases.

How to Tell if you Need Rehab?

The following looks at several questions you can ask yourself or a loved one to help determine if you need to go to rehab for help.

  • Is alcohol consumed because of a depressed feeling?
  • Is stress reduction one of the reasons you drink?
  • Are there relationship problems because of your drinking?
  • Have you taken time off school or work because of your drinking?
  • Is drinking causing you financial strain?
  • Do you sometimes drink to be less shy around others?
  • Do you often drink by yourself?
  • Have you had legal issues because of drinking?
  • Are others worried about how much you drink?
  • Is alcohol a way for you to cope with emotional problems?
  • Do you hide drinks around your home?
  • Do you consume alcohol while at work?
  • Do you no longer do your hobbies because of alcohol?
  • Do you have blackouts?

If some of these questions have been answered yes, then get in touch with Better Addiction Care today at 1.800.429.7690. The call you make may save your life or the life of someone you love. 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/alcoholism/basics

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics