People with alcohol use disorder
must cope with problems caused by their drinking. These include problems with health,
family, and work. Drinking can lead to fear and guilt, anger and insecurity. People
alcoholism are often in denial about all of this. This means they do not admit they
a problem with alcohol.
People with alcoholism have more
accidents while at work. Their job performance may go down. And they are often absent
late. All this costs the company in lost time and medical care. It may also cost the
company in property damage. Coworkers may need to fill in or cover up for a person
alcoholism. This can lead to anger.
Alcoholism also affects the whole
family. Family members may feel alone, neglected, or abused. They may become angry
distrustful. They may also feel embarrassment, guilt, or fear. These feelings can
to a lot of stress and upset in a family.
People with alcoholism are more
often involved in traffic accidents. Other types of accidents and fires are also common.
They more often abuse their children and spouses. And they are more likely to hurt
kill someone else or themselves. The human cost of these problems is huge. So is the
financial cost. Alcoholism costs the U.S. billions of dollars every year. These costs
are in the form of medical expenses and high insurance premiums. They are also in
form of property damage.