May 24, 2013 | By Tim Stoddart
Seven Common Reasons Why People Drink AlcoholAlcoholism
All human behavior has motivation behind it, and the motivations why people drink alcohol are interesting. Alcohol is a beverage that’s widely accepted in society, and everyone has a different experience with it. There are many reasons why people drink alcohol. Here are seven of the most common reasons. What other reasons would you add to the list?
For some people, drinking alcohol is a way of relieving stress. The alcohol numbs them to the various stressors in their life, such as work, school, relationships, money, etc. The irony is that when people drink too often to cope with their stress, they usually make the problems they’re stressed out about even worse, and they can develop worse problems, like alcoholism.
Many people drink just because the people around them are drinking, and they might feel an indirect peer pressure to drink so they aren’t “the odd one out.” Someone might feel obligated to drink when the rest of their co-workers are enjoying happy hour, for example. Direct peer pressure is even stronger, and it’s when people are actively encouraging someone to drink. It can be very hard to say no to a drink when someone is pushing it in your face, and it’s even harder for youth who are being ridiculed for not drinking.
People generally tend to drink alcohol in order to have fun. Being drunk makes them feel happy and “spirited,” and drinking alcohol with friends can be a fun experience. If people are nervous in social situations, drinking helps them “let loose” and have more fun. People drink to have fun at parties, nightclubs, barbecues, and more, because they think alcohol enhances their experience.
The truth is, there are plenty of ways to have fun in recovery.
Being under the influence of alcohol causes you to lose your inhibitions. It gives people a sense of bravery and being carefree, which allows them to do things – safe or unsafe – that they wouldn’t do while sober. If people are nervous or scared about doing something, they might drink alcohol to help them shed the inhibitions that are standing in their way.
The reason of curiosity generally applies to a younger crowd. Kids, teens, and college students who’ve never drank before might drink alcohol because they’re curious about what it tastes like, or they’re curious about what it feels like to be drunk. They begin to drink alcohol in a purely experimental way, just because they want to experience drinking firsthand. However, there are plenty of example of young people getting sober, and increasing their quality of life.
Some people drink alcohol simply because they enjoy the taste. When they are thirsty and want to enjoy a beverage, in some situations they prefer to drink alcohol, such as a glass of wine or a beer, over other drinks, such as soda, iced tea, or water.
Another reason people drink alcohol is just because it’s available. They might enjoy alcohol for any of the other reasons, but they wouldn’t seek it out. They choose to drink only because the alcohol is already there and it’s easy to – “because they can.”
Whatever your reasoning behind drinking, understand there is a difference between casual drinking, and abusive drinking. Sober Nation does not discriminate drinking, we simply stand by the fact that some people can’t drink at a normal rate. The habit becomes an obsession. If you feel as if you have a drinking problem and want help to stop, please contact us. You can fill out a contact form or you can call us at 866-317-7050.