Why do people drink alcohol (The psychology of drinking)

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

The psychology of drinking

Why do people drink alcohol?
Hundreds of studies have shown that alcohol have destructive short term and long term effects yet some people drink excessively without minding any of these harmful effects.

If you made a survey to know why people drink then most likley you will come up with some reasons that seem logical but upon knowing a bit more about psychology you will discover that most people aren't actually aware of the real reason that forces them to drink.

A person might believe that he is drinking because of one reason while in reality he would be doing it for a complete different reason that he is not aware of. In this article i will explore with you some of these unconscious reasons that motivate people to drink even after they know that alcohol can be deadly.

Why do people drink alcohol

    1) Mood regulation: For the first instance mood regulation might not sound like a bad idea. After all if someone can drink to improve his mood then why not do it? In fact if you need mood regulation then there must be something completely wrong with your mood. In such a case you are using alcohol to escape from the state you barley tolerate to a state that makes you feel better. Some people drink to have more courage to approach others, do you know what does this really mean? It means that they are cowards who just need anything to help them become brave. The problem in such a case is not with alcohol itself but its with the horrible state those people are in when they are sober
  • 2) To let others see them differently: The Tomboy who hates the fact that men are more likley to take risks might start drinking just to prove to the world that she can be as careless as a man. The guy who desperately wants to appeal to women might start drinking to seem more like a bad boy (the typical type of man who attracts women). This guy isn't aware of the fact that Alcohol reduces testosterone production and makes him more of a feminine man than a bad boy. In other words, many people drink to create a new identity and to force others to see them in a new way
  • 3) To prove something & protect their beliefs: Some people drink to prove something to themselves or to the world. Some people might want to appear happier in the presence of others, Some might want to appear more social while a third group might want to prove that alcohol is actually a good thing. An atheist might start drinking just to prove to the world that drinking is a good thing or in other words, he just wants to prove that religions are wrong. Many people get involved in bad habits just to prove something to themselves or to others while believing that they are doing them for completely different reasons

Are there other reasons for drinking?

Yes there are lots of other reasons. Don't email me telling me that i missed one of them simply because they can't all be included in one post.

All what i wanted to show you is that people drink for reasons that they are completely unaware of. They might believe that they are drinking to socialize while in fact they are drinking for completely different reasons.

As its clear from the sample we discussed, people drink because they need to drink not because they like to drink. In another post i said that the more needy you become the weaker you will be.

If you need to regulate your mood, to become braver or to prove something to others then you will have a low self esteem. Drinking isn't just a bad habit that leads to some health problems but its also a habit that shows that something is wrong within your mind.

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