RECKLESS BEHAVIOR, LOSS, AND TRAUMA: THE DESTRUCTIVE IMPACT OF ALCOHOLISM ON FAMILIES
Alcoholism is an addiction that has affects on the entire family, not just the afflicted, by creating family loss and trauma. As the millions of American families who have been torn apart by this deadly disease will attest, the impact of alcoholism on families is universally negative.
The physiological symptoms of alcohol abuse range from flushed skin and slurred speech, to stumbling when walking. Individuals will suffer other risks from excessive alcohol consumption ranging from injuries, drunk driving, and reckless behavior. Those battling alcoholism succumb to drinking alone in secrecy, hangovers, blackouts, mood swings, or irritability that often accompany drinking. Family members can also see other disturbing traits first hand.
A common side effect of alcohol abuse is aggression and violent behavior. Therefore, those who drink regularly are likely to express aggression and can cause conflict with family members.
If someone drinking alcohol drives drunk, they can severely injure themselves or others, putting another’s life at danger. Furthermore, death can occur, destroying families.