The Negative Effects Of Drinking

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“When I was 13, my dad started drinking more and more. Every day he would come home from work and have beer, lots of it. I didn’t think much of it at first, but then he started getting more angry and violent. He would shout at my mom and me. It was like my father had gone and been replaced with another guy” says an anonymous kid who lives with an alcoholic parent in “How my dad’s drinking problem almost destroyed my family”. The kid depicts that he is so confused, angry and upset especially when his father got fired for going to work drunk. This is one of many children’s voices who suffers having an alcoholic in their family. Most of them are depressed because alcohol has destroyed their family. This is an addiction that does…show more content…
Drinking alcohol is associated with many adverse health problems in the short and long-term. These include cancer, stroke, heart disease, miscarriage, premature birth and unintentional injuries. Despite the fact that alcohol brings many negative impacts, many people still choose to drink and do not overcome their drinking habit. They have been successfully seduced by alcohol until drinking has become their addiction. However, some of them try to quit drinking, but they still cannot break the addiction. Basically, quitting alcohol is difficult and almost impossible for them because of brain-craving, lack of belief and support, and weak willpower. First and foremost, alcoholism is hard to break due to the brain craving created by a drinking habit. According to Charles Duhigg in The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, habit is created when there are a cue, a routine, and a reward that develop a craving that make people repeat the loop(49). The craving for drinking is generally cultivated by the short-term reward resulted from drinking. Most alcoholics believe that drinking can help them to escape from their hard times and forget their problems. Elizabeth…show more content…
Both of these criteria are the core to modify many habit loops and they play a fundamental role in changing a habit. First, in order to quit drinking, the alcoholics must believe that it is possible for them to do so. A strong belief can empower anyone’s vision to get what they want easily. As written by Joyce Meyer, “Our thoughts fuel our actions”. How can change be made if their mind and words are filled with uncertainty and unbelief? That is why the alcoholic must believe that they can break their addiction. If they have a strong desire to quit drinking, and they believe they can achieve it, they will start taking a small step to make it happen. This is because their thought has derived the action towards achieving their goals. Next, support from people around them is also crucial for the alcoholics to quit drinking. A supportive surrounding can make the habit change stay longer or even make it permanent. When the alcoholics receive support from people they love, it will become easier for them to develop their resilience. They will try their best to not disappoint their loved ones. Support not only comes from family or friends but also from any support group that brings together alcoholics who want to stop their addiction. For example, recovery groups like Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) have accomplished their mission to help many alcoholics to stop drinking and
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