Alcoholism's casualty - part two
There are no universally specific features
that profile the image of an alcoholic. However,
there are several characteristics that are more
often among alcoholics. These are:
- The tendency to avoid problems despite
the person ability to solve problems;
- Personal uncertainty and inhibition;
- High need to depend on others;
- Decreased autocapacity to cope with
dissatisfaction, or a high need for an
instant gratification (low level of
- Exaggerate selfcontroled and suppression;
- Difficulties in satisfying their
attachment and closeness needs;
- They often experience bad moods and a
reduced psychical comfort state.
All these characteristics can also be
a consequence to an abusive alcohol consumption.
In many cases, the addiction is treated with
unsuccessful attemps of self-medication to fix
inner discomfort. Females often suffer from
psychological wounds caused by sexual abuses or
aggressions. A higer number of alocholics come
from orphanages or disfunctional families.
However, psychological wounds are not an
essential or sufficient condition for alcohol
addiction to develop.
It seems that, in many cases, not only the
personality's characteristics make the individual
more vulnerable at alcohol consumption, but his attitude
towards life. A very pregnant feature
for these persons is that they constantly look
forward to something better. Based on a real or
imaginary expectation, they believe that their
life must be a continued ascension. In reality,
life follows an up-and-down pattern. An alcoholic
tries to chemically equalise these ups and downs
and even tries to improve his life quality.
However, on long term, this effort has a oppsite
There are significant differences between the
number of alcoholics given by different
professional groups. Those that have a so-called
alcoholic job, such as booze producers
and providers, are very exposed.
Also, those that work in contructions,
transportation (sailers), self-employed without a
well established and with a flexible work
schedule, or those that have jobs either with lot
of routine tasks or without constant supervision,
are more exposed to alcohol consumption and are
more vulnerable to develop an alcohol addiction.
Researches proved that job solicitation
and over-solicitation is often better
headled with alcohol.
It is also very important to have a job
qualification and a safe job that fit your needs.
Unemployment is a major stress
factor that can lead to abusive alcohol
Those women that face a higher risk to develop
an alcohol addiction are the unemployed wives,
especially when they have a good social and
Those parents that did not have any
contribution or played an unsignificant role in
their children alcohol addiction, experience
guitly feelings and are tortured by doubts. Some
believe that they spoiled the children too much,
they suffocated them with too much love; others
think that they have been too severe, too cold or
restrict their children freedom and rejected them
too much. An education where the chindren is
excessively protected and stopped from becoming
independent si harmful.
Each of these education styles could contribute
to alcohol addiction onset and evolution.
However, is impossible to find a cause-effect
type answer. All this worries and fears have a
healthy purpose as long as they help to
understand and solve the problem.
Lot easier is the answer for those cases where
one of the parents is alcoholic. Due to this
situation the child did not learned how to better
deal with problems. Even if the children
negatively experienced his parent alcoholism, he
might follow this example to solve his/ner own
Every family or jobs conflict can lead to an
abusive alcohol consumption. However, an abusive
alcohol cosumption can also be the reason for
familial and professional problems. This way the
already existing conflicts become more
complicated. The person will strongly want to
avoid this conflicts but this way he builds up a
vicious circle. This cicle will become stronger
and stronger in time and would not be stopped
unless the alcoholic request professional help.
A close examination of the situation, shows
that the alcohol addiction is not caused by the
conflict, but by the individual coping maner. The
conflict can be either approched and solved or
avoided. So, not the conflict is the
issue, but the approaching maner. One
thing is sure, the alcohol is not an effectice
solution to deal with conflicts.
The society attitude towards alcohol and
alcoholics is equivocal. While the alcoholic is
despised being considered a drunk, those that can
drink big amounts of alcohol at a party are
admired. A temporary excessive alcohol
consumption, such as during year holidays, is
considered masculinity sign. A real man is the
one that can handle big amounts of alcohol. In
opposition to this real men is the weak one,
which either drinks small amount of alcohol or
does not drink.
In this way, the society accepts the alcohol
consumption and unwillingly promotes the alcohol
addiction. Underestimating the alcohol
consumption negative effect, the society helps
the person facing an alcohol addiction to not see
the real danger he is actually facing.