Sociological Causes Of Alcoholism
Alcoholism is when someone’s desire to consume alcohol is much past the point of where they can control. It becomes something that the person’s body is dependent upon, to a point when it becomes where they physically crave it. They are infatuated with alcohol and typically have an extremely hard time controlling the amount of which they consume.
How much has alcoholism increased over the past few years?
It seems that it has become increasingly easier for people to consume more than two to three drinks in one outing. According to researchers from the University of Texas, a research survey was done in 2008 that showed the percentage of men who drank, which increased from five percent to seven percent (Moderate Drinking Helps Middle-Aged and Older People Live Longer, Research Shows, …show more content…
There is no single cause concerning alcoholism. One of many is because alcohol, at times, may act as a stress reliever. In some cases, living under a harsh environment where one’s mental health is not sound, alcohol acts as their ‘medicine,’ in order to ease emotional pain. This particular cause can be related to the interactionist sociological perspective because this perspective uses symbols as means of practice. In this case, the alcohol acts to relieve and comfort the person consuming the alcohol.
Another cause may be produced by peer pressure. Many college students find themselves in positions where alcohol is present. Because some students lack self-confidence or are not able to handle the pressures, in some situations, they begin to experiment with alcohol. I would relate this situation to the functionalist perspective. This perspective believes that as part of one’s health and growth, they should practice what is thought to be nourishing. Although, there is an extent to what is considered to be healthy, obviously becoming committed to alcoholism is not by any means healthy, but may seem as part of a cycle to a