Talking to a Friend About Alcoholism
Approaching a friend who you suspect may be chronically abusing alcohol about his or her problem can be incredibly difficult. You may be unsure of your own judgments in what seems to be a very personal matter, and it is reasonable to expect a certain degree of defiance and offense taken. He or she might feel the response of “It’s none of your business” is especially appropriate – after all, alcoholism is a family matter, right?
Unfortunately, it is not. Many people who later become dependent on alcohol begin drinking heavily during their late teens and early twenties – a period in which they are much more likely to be around friends and social acquaintances than family members. Moreover, countless studies have proven the powerful effects of peer opinion and pressure in shaping a person’s behavior. Talking to someone about a drinking problem may be the best, or even the only way, of getting through to him or her before the issue gets out of hand.
Possible Indicators of Alcoholism
Our gut feelings in these matters can be reliable indicators, but in case you are still uncertain as to whether or not you should try confronting your friend, here are a few potential indicators of developing alcoholism:
- Drinking every time to get drunk
- Drinking regularly to escape or cope with stress
- Disruption of social life or academic/work performance due to drinking
- Repeated yet unheeded desire to cut down on consumption
- Declining regard for personal health and appearance
- Family history of alcohol abuse
Remember, always approach your friend when he or she is sober, and be as factual and non-judgmental as possible. Remaining calm and not taking a morally superior or augmentative stance will greatly increase the chances that he or she will be open to what you are saying.
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