Effects of Alcohol on a Relationship

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 14, 2011

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Alcohol is just one of those things that have the capacity to become a part of our lives in such a way that we hardly ever notice our dependence on it until it has become too late. What begins as social drinking or ‘just a nightcap’ has the potential to turn into something much worse. Dependence on alcohol can have negative effects on a large number of things, like work, money, and even personal relationships. Friends and family often have to bear the brunt of dealing with an individual’s drinking problem.

As a person becomes more and more addicted (or dependent on) alcohol, it begins to affect their general awareness of things and people around them. Psychiatrists confirm that while the frequent use of alcohol and drugs to ‘feel better’ does manage to filters out negative experiences, but is also responsible for robbing us of needed perceptions. This is the first step in jeopardising relationships with people. When one can no longer see and recognise the needs of people around them, it becomes harder to relate to their problems and their everyday needs and wants. Over time, this can cause the relationship to become irreparably broken. Trying to repair the relationship is much harder in the throes of an alcohol addiction because alcohol tends to numb our responses and makes it more difficult to cope with challenges.

It is not just the ‘losing touch’ aspect of alcohol addiction that has the capacity to wreck relationships with family and friends. Alcohol has been known to leave several unwanted psychological symptoms even after it has left the drinker’s system. Psychiatrists say that even after the alcohol has left the system, heavy drinkers suffer from defensiveness, aggression, irrational thinking, mood problems, and a worsening of mental illnesses. It has also been proven to promote interpersonal problems that include failures of integrity, family and relationship difficulties, and career problems. It becomes a vicious cycle and the things that the alcohol high helps us escape are worsened by the alcohol itself. And in an attempt to alleviate the problems caused by the alcohol, the drinker tends to drink more, making the problems worse.

The responsible thing to do in such cases is to accept the problem and seek help before we end up sacrificing our loved ones over a bottle of alcohol.


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  • Mohan05 Oct 2011

    I fully agree with Mr. Vineet. It took me 2 years to get rid of this monster. Regular prayer for 5mins , 2 times a day & imagining what your loved ones shall become (in the absence of your support,guidance-Imagining that they may end up as servants, beggars etc.) also helps substantially. Think also of the money that you can save.

  • Vineet Mishra01 Oct 2011

    It normally starts with close friends, then anybody will do to give company. When one starts taking it all alone or with strangers in the Bar/ Car/ Restaurants/ Juice parlours , is a sure sign of addiction. At this stage anybody coming in the way of you and alcohol looks enemy and when it reaches a level of irritation then the matter requires medical help... Since I have gone through this phase, I can confirm the best way to avoid this is by having an early wholesome dinner

  • sandeep01 Oct 2011

    starting from being a social drinker it starts , then the circle also will be choosen who r also social drinkers at first then this habbit in particular increases without even comming to the knowledge of individual ,here a person gets into a daily routine of drinking without any reason and thats the start of.....addiction.... After this every Happy or Sad moments leads to ....drink... family faces the most ... in every manner

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