Many people consume alcohol in social settings or even when they are alone. Alcohol can pose a problem when a person begins to rely on it or wants to consume it to avoid experiencing stress or negative feelings. Alcoholism can have a profound effect on a person’s life and work. Some of the effects of alcoholism on your social and work life are as follows:
Many alcoholics deny that they have a problem. But the fact remains that it is a problem which can affect a person’s work life adversely. You can develop interpersonal problems with your co-workers and colleagues; your absenteeism rate will increase due to habitual heavy drinking; and there are higher chances of accidents and injuries at the workplace, especially if you are working with machinery. Due to alcoholism, you will find it difficult to focus and concentrate on your work and this could result in errors, not finishing an assignment by the deadline and poor performance evaluation.
Many alcoholics suffer from low self-esteem, anger, depression, anxiety and even mental disorders, such as bipolar disorder. To overcome these issues, the person has to admit that he has an alcohol problem and seek professional help. If you are an alcoholic, you will find it difficult to keep friends; you will display inappropriate behavior, such as starting arguments and fights; you will not be able to have normal friendship with people which could result in social isolation. This, in turn, will make you feel worse about yourself and compound your alcoholism. Furthermore, alcoholics are more prone to drinking and driving which endangers not only their lives, but others as well. Research and several studies have shown that alcoholism is associated with petty theft, fraud, violence and many other crimes.
Alcoholics often hide their drinking problem behind the walls of their home. Alcoholism is associated with domestic-violence, child-abuse and divorce. Even family members of alcoholics are profoundly affected, as they can develop co-dependency and alcoholic’s behavior becomes a normal part of their lives. Children are highly vulnerable, as the emotional and psychological scars can stay with them their entire lifetime. If you are an alcoholic, you are not only drinking and harming yourself, you are also harming your loved ones.
Seek professional help today to overcome your alcoholism and you will be amazed what a difference it makes to your social life, work life and family life.