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does alcohol abuse lead to domestic violence?

Feb 28, 2008
Many people don't realize that there is a difference between being an alcoholic and having an alcohol abuse problem. Those who are what some call "functioning alcoholics" are actually people with alcohol abuse problems. They clearly drink way too much on a regular basis and have some of the same symptoms of alcoholism such as health related issues.

Alcohol abusers usually have some resemblance of normality or have control over their actions. They set limits or only allow themselves to drink at specific times, but still consume way more than the average social drinker.

On the other hand alcoholics just aren't capable of setting a limit on consumption as their addiction to alcohol is not only physical but mental too. As a consequence both their mental and physical health are affected severely leading to a lack in performance in their daily lives. Unfortunately alcoholics or people suffering from alcoholism just can't stop themselves from drinking at the time of the day.

Getting to the stage of being alcohol free will take a different path as far as assistance is concerned for each of the previously mentioned cases. Alcohol abusers will need more emotional and psychological assistance but an alcoholic will suffer much more physically and will need help on that side of things as he is taken off alcohol.

There are many studies from universities throughout the country trying to understand the correlation between alcoholism an domestic violence. Some researchers believe that the high number of domestic violence cases involving alcohol may be misleading.

Is it a fact that so many domestic violence cases relating to alcohol abuse are caused by the addiction of alcohol, or could it be that the existence of the alcohol abuse is caused by the domestic violence? Either or neither way, alcoholism has some connection to the violence that so many families deal with everyday. Families feel the fear of a child towards an intoxicated parent, the fear caused by a drunken spouse, and in some reported cases, the fear of the parents caused by an alcoholic child.

The only way for these occurring problems to cease to exist is by coming to terms with the reality of the situation and that all parties involved admit to the problem of alcoholism. The problem is that alcohol consumption does not help when it comes to rash discussion only in making it become violent.

If you have begun to notice significant changes in a person's emotional and physical behavior during stressful times, alcohol abuse may be a factor and should be taken seriously. There are many organizations, progams, and articles that can be found to help understand the toll both physical and alcohol abuse can have on a family.
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