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What Psychology Says About Alcohol Dependence

As a result of peer influence, diversion of attention, and depression, today’s a population is having quite a difficult time staying away from alcohol. One of the primary poisons in the society today is consumed merely for leisure, to ease pressure and as a defense mechanism. Celebrations or no celebrations, booze have always become the protagonist in the lives of some people.

“That’s the problem with drinking. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.”

Too much, though, could mean fewer day to live. Indulging int alcohol consumption to the point of addiction stems up from emotional gaps concerning defense mechanisms against reality. Denial to fully experience a depressing scenario in a person’s waking life causes habits that may later become hard to break. Alcohol indulgence is one of them and a very common one at that.

Most alcohol dependent persons’ minds are clouded with certain defense mechanisms. We could rule these cases as both good and bad. However, they do more harm as they block a person’s sanity from facing the problem of being alcoholic.

Let’s check out some of the defense mechanisms related to alcohol dependence.

 Rationalization.

I drink because we fight so much that I get sad, depressed, and disgusted with myself.”

Above is the best example. Making up excuses to justify the behavior is quite common. Alcohol addicts blame others or themselves to rationalize the drinking behavior. An alcoholic person is alcoholic regardless of the reason behind it. However, they may justify the drinking with the most arguable aspects available, and they can be very convincing. 

 Denial.

“I don’t have drinking problems”, “I can handle drinking” or “I’ve got my drinking under control.”

Some people who are hooked on alcohol live in denial. Thay dismiss the fact that they are addicted even when they drink on a daily basis. Individuals who exhibit denial tend to believe they can control their drinking behavior, but it is, of course, the opposite. They think they are in control yet alcohol is the one in control of their lives. For people living in denial, seeking help may be tough.

 Suppression and Repression.

Both are concerned about a deeper, much traumatic issue. Repression means that a disturbing thought that is in the conscious mind. One drinks to spare oneself from dealing an emotional distress, to escape from the trauma.  S

On the other hand, suppressing is being aware of something bad under clouded mind. In both cases, overdrinking could mean a good thing to battle out emotional pain, but this may develop into the extreme as may eventually sink into the picture and trigger depression leading severe impacts to both emotional and physical health.

 Minimization.

“I don’t drink much,”I don’t drink hard liquor” or “I don’t drink past five.”

The drinking problem is accepted but minimized to an extent. By doing so, an alcoholic person turns down advice or criticism about excessive alcohol intake. One could put it off by depicting their drinking problem as a merely trivial thing.

 Projection.

It tells about preserving the alcoholic’s behavior by pointing out another aspect to others. One may point out other’s negative behavior to rule out their own. It’s much like diverting the subject at hand rather than focus on one’s issue of uncontrollable alcohol indulgence. This saves oneself from criticism, preserve their behavior and divert unwanted attention with regard to overdrinking problems.

 Intellectualization.

“Drinking is bad but it doesn’t mean it’s solely good not to take it either.”

This prevents emotional connection to the drinking behavior. Alcoholics may divert adverse impacts of drinking on one’s life or health by questioning the advantages of doing otherwise. They may also cite reasons why alcohol is a need for the human body, or how alcohol could be a good and relaxing form of bonding with colleagues. They put up a debate as to why drinking is good. 

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