Alcoholism as a huge problem in relationships

I want to write about the alcoholism. There’re many psychological and sociological researches and I’ve found some interesting information. You can read below about alcoholism as a huge problem in relationships.

Alcoholism is an addictive disorder that is characterized by an irresistible urge for alcohol consumption. Consumption of alcohol poses an inherent risk to the consumer’s health and at times has been the major cause of other social crimes and violence such as rape, theft and murder and for some economies, slow development. Alcohol is a rather widely consumed product and its side effects tend to affect close to every community worldwide. For this reasons, alcoholism can be considered a social problem. Alcoholism’s nature is described better by alcoholism and timing of separation in parents, results confirm the importance of AD as a moderate to strong predictor of both marital delay and early separation, with genetic influences contributing to observed relationships.

Sociology helps facilitate interaction between people thus promoting a better society. Sociology helps us anticipate problems in society or identify a factor that may cause harm to the society as it is with alcoholism then root it out.

Early works in the field of behavioral genetics involved working with less data to test out hypotheses. Generally, it was an optimistic assumption that ignored the real world environmental and family factors that were at work in shaping individuals. It has been argued that it would ultimately be wrong to take a precise measurement of a drastically wrong quantity in quantifying elements. Some of the challenges that are associated with new research on real world human mate selection as was the case with alcoholism include:

  1. Delayed reproduction/infertility – alcoholism in women tends to lead to reproductive delays while smoking often leads to early reproduction. However most alcoholic women are also decent smokers. This disproportionality leads to statistical challenges while quantifying data.
  2. Relationship failure – Most alcoholic couples showed a higher rate of separation than their non-alcoholic counter parts . In a cross-sectional study, however, alcoholic couples that are still together are likely to disapprove the concept of partner correlation for alcoholism.

Other studies to show relationship between alcohol use and marital transitions show that there was reduced marital onset for alcoholic individuals as compared to their non-alcoholic counterparts. There was little likelihood for marriage in women with alcohol dependence as compared to men.  There was also a pattern for early separation among alcoholic men and women. In adjusted models, however, survival rates dropped to insignificance for ever married women.

The group to be studied was first mailed a questionnaire followed by a second which replicated most of the items from the first. The women in the assessment underwent an additional reproductive health check.  After which followed a structured diagnostic interview where those with AD symptoms were scheduled for interviews. The interviews were conducted by highly trained interviewers under supervision of a project manager. The conversations were recorded and the tapes sampled for quality control. Other studies employed were cohort study designs, Cohort-ecological approaches and Counterfactuals and mate selection. To establish a firmer real world approach on behavioral research information is necessary this is what study cohort designs aims to do. Collect every information available. Counterfactuals is more of an inference design in conditions where specimen are observable. Interviews and questionnaires tend to cover less people at a time compared to cohort studies in obtaining information. However, cohort studies are good for obtaining general information about a population and counterfactuals for making inferences. Questionnaires and interviews are really the best way to collect detailed information on a subject.

Alcoholism is a rampant problem world-wide that affects the family, government, economy, religion and education. Alcohol’s effect on the family is more pronounced with marital and relationship break ups. The government and economy are both put under strain when people are not very productive because of alcohol abuse. Alcohol tends to cause brain degeneration and has therefore adverse effects on education. Moral degradation and crimes can also be connected to alcohol abuse. Looking the other way around, it is difficult to see formation of alcoholic tendencies from things such as family or religion although it is possible that through government policies or bad economic times one could turn alcoholic.

Social conflict is a struggle between classes in a society over scarce resources. Perhaps as an environmental factor, social conflict can lead to alcoholism. Selling your expertise for wages in the capitalism era, in some cases, can lead to stress especially in low income economies. Unemployed people might turn to crime and alcohol to survive. Alcoholism is sure to exacerbate any existing social conflict between people. Alcohol weakens judgement and therefore one is likely to be more aggressive and disregard any ethics policies in place.

Symbolic interactionism-school of thought that deals with interaction with people via symbols such as handshakes, color or general appearance. Alcoholism is least likely to affect symbolic interaction nor it by symbolic interaction.  Symbolic interaction is like a language that is learnt from birth. Chronic alcohol intake is unlikely to cause unawareness of things such as color.

The best fit in this scenario is social conflict. It surpasses all other perspectives in that social conflict is more likely to lead to alcoholism as much as alcoholism would increase it.

So what about the impact of alcoholism? Future research on alcoholism, and its effect on marriage and relationships, is needed  based on this key finding that alcoholism causes marriages and relationships to deteriorate.

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