Drinking is deeply ingrained in many individuals’ social life. Whether sharing a drink over a meal or celebrating a special occasion, drinking has evolved into a common social activity. For many, enjoying a drink with others is way to balance their consumption and regulate the days and times in which they choose to drink. For others, social drinking may lead to poor and pressured drinking decisions.
The social setting and context in which drinking occurs determine the social consequences of drinking. Additionally, situational factors have an immense impact on our drinking behaviors. Consider the these factors before choosing to drink alcohol:
- The environment in which you are in.
- Other individuals you are drinking with.
- The context or acceptability of certain drinking behaviors.
- What your personal drinking limits are.
Consciously evaluating these variables will lead to better drinking decisions. Typically, problem drinking or alcohol abuse is a result of unawareness and an influence from others to make decisions for us. Taking initiative to make your own informed decisions is the first step to acquiring responsible drinking habits.
Alcoholism In The Family
Alcoholism can introduce a number of social problems to the family unit. Not only is the drinker affected by his or her use, but members of family are typically impacted as well. Many families are devastated by alcohol addiction problems and numerous marriages have been destroyed as a result. In addition, children can be emotionally damaged by alcoholic parents. Feelings of resentment, depression, and guilt are common in children of heavy alcohol abusers. In fact, the children of alcoholics face a severely higher risk of developing alcoholism themselves.
Early Stages of Social Drinking
Alcohol related social issues can begin at a young age. Not only are youths exposed to alcohol at an alarmingly young age, but many kids and teenagers face a great deal of peer pressure to drink. Whether they decide to drink to fit in or drink to stand out, the reasons why young people choose to drink are overwhelming.
Young people learn how to drink, as well as how to conduct themselves while drinking, from the influence of their social surroundings. Young individuals are selected to be friends of drinkers because of their attitudes and behaviors toward alcohol.
Networks of friends share a certain compatibility in regards to alcohol consumption. These mutual networks carry standards of what is acceptable drinking, which can be linked to peer pressure and poor drinking decisions.