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How Alcoholism Impacts Families

Whether you realize it or not, alcoholism impacts more than just the person who is addicted to alcohol. As the misuse and the use continues, alcoholism quickly begins to impact several areas of one’s life including the lives of family and friends.  Alcoholism impacts families and it’s critical that families learn how to advocate for their own needs while also creating clear boundaries.

Below are five potential impacts alcoholism has on families:

Financial Burdens

The cost of excessive alcohol use in the United States reached $249 billion in 2010, or about $2.05 per drink. Most (77%) of these costs were due to binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as drinking four or more alcoholic beverages per occasion for women or five or more drinks per occasion for men. Further, 2 of every 5 dollars were paid by federal, state, and local governments. While this is the financial burden to taxpayers, there is an additional financial burden to families. Alcohol abuse can lead to an increase in debt for families, especially credit card debt, in numerous ways.

Damaged Family Relationships

Damaged family relationships are another direct impact of alcoholism.  An NIH study noted that alcoholism not only leads to negative interactions among family members, but it erodes trust and makes it difficult for other family members to build strong relationships with the individual.

Developmental Issues in Children

Children of parents who struggle with alcoholism are at higher risk for emotional problems. It has been estimated that 6.6 million children live in households where alcoholism is present, which is a significant concern. 

Domestic Abuse

There is an increased risk for verbal and physical domestic abuse within the family. The World Health Organization reports that 55 percent of physical assault cases between intimate partners occurred when the perpetrator had been drinking.

Physical And Mental Health Issues

Lastly, alcoholism impacts both your physical and mental health. When someone is in a drunken state it is difficult for family members to discern how they truly feel. This rollercoaster ride can leave family members in both physical and mental distress. It is important to know that help is available for those who may need to seek emotional support during these challenging times. 

Alcoholism impacts families and if you or someone you love is dealing with alcoholism, TROSA is available to help. TROSA is a comprehensive, licensed long-term, nonprofit residential recovery program for men & women with substance use disorders. Learn more about TROSA and our admissions process on our website.