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Factors that may Increase Risk of Alcohol Addiction


Just as there is no specific “cure” for addiction, there is not a single cause either. What leads one person to misuse alcohol may not have the same effect on someone else. There are many protective and risk factors that influence the development of addiction and every person is different. However, there are several factors that may increase someone’s risk of substance misuse or addiction:

Genetics: Oftentimes addiction runs in families. Those with parents or grandparents with substance misuse problems may be more likely to develop issues themselves. The way the body and mind respond to these substances is influenced by genetics.

Mental Health: Alcohol may be used as a coping device for those with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, high levels of stress, and more. While it can help with relaxation to an extent, it is only a temporary fix and can contribute to more serious issues. People may use it as a means of forgetting their problems or trying to fit in with others, but may find that it leaves them feeling worse in the end.

Social Life: Being around alcohol more frequently and having friends that engage in regular drinking can impact the amount that someone drinks. They may try to keep up to be part of the crowd or feel more comfortable and confident. Their friends may encourage unsafe levels of drinking which can in turn lead to addiction. People may drink more than they planned while in social settings.

Continued Use: The more frequently a person drinks and the more alcohol they consume can cause their body to build up a tolerance. Eventually they need more and more to achieve the same feeling as when they drank less. With prolonged use, they increase their risk of addiction. General guidelines recommend no more than seven drinks per week for women and 14 drinks per week for men. This is further broken down to no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.

While these factors to do not guarantee that someone will develop an addiction, they can increase the person’s risk. Recognizing the signs of addiction can allow people to get help early on before things have more serious consequences. Monitoring one’s own drinking can reveal how much they are actually consuming versus how much they thought they were. It can also show patterns of use that can support them in identifying alternative coping methods.

Help is Available

There are many treatment centers that offer programs to assist clients in overcoming alcohol addiction. When drinking gets out of hand or has negative effects on their life, it is time to get help. Through alcohol rehab they will strengthen their body and mind, learn new ways of coping with stress and challenging situations, and gain support for saying no and embracing sobriety. Clients can regain control of their life and their future at Chapters Capistrano as they engage in customized treatment plans that meet their individual needs. Set along the oceanfront in San Clemente, California, it is a relaxing environment where they can focus on their recovery. Call Chapters Capistrano at 949-371-4198 for more information on how you can make a positive change in your life and overcome addiction.