How Alcohol Addiction Affects Your Entire Family

Posted on May 21 2019 - 5:02am by Ella

It doesn’t matter who in your family has an alcohol problem. Addiction affects everyone, not just the addict. It’s not just the actions of the addict that are a problem either. From the booze in your home to the attitude you take on drunk or wishing you had a drink, all of these things put your family at risk.


When you are suffering from an addiction of any kind, you put that thing in front of everything else, even your family. You forget that your family should always be number one, and that you health shouldn’t be that far behind.

Putting Others At Risk

Your family is at risk when it comes to your alcohol use. It makes it look OK to children, especially teenagers. That means that having alcohol in your home isn’t just a temptation for you, but it can also be tempting for others.

If your drinking puts you in a fowl attitude you are also putting your family at risk in other ways. If confronted while drunk you could get into a fight with your spouse or even harm your children. You could risk losing your children and even risk losing your marriage, and friends.

Any time you get behind the wheel of a vehicle when you are drunk you are putting other people’s lives in jeopardy. Not just the people in your own vehicle, but every person driving down the street or walking down the sidewalk is at risk. And you are also putting yourself at great risk as well.

Risking Your Own Life

Each time you get behind the wheel, or use machinery, when you have been drinking, you are risking your own life too, not just the other people on the road. If you do manage to harm or kill someone you could spend time in prison. It’s not just driving and work that put you at risk though.

Your excessive drinking is also putting your health at risk. Drinking until you blackout can cause permanent brain damage. Plus, every single drink is damaging your liver, which is something you need in order to live a healthy and happy life.

If you need a drink and can’t control that need, you are an alcoholic. But, there is help out there. You can find help for you and for your family. Getting help is important, since your alcoholism could lead to your children following down the same path. That is why therapy is also available for the family and children of alcoholics.

Once you get into treatment, stick with it. It can’t work if you don’t keep quitting. Even if you fall off the wagon there are people around that want to help you get back up and dust yourself back off. You just have to keep getting back up.