Is it Addictive...?
Short Term: More dangerous (aggressive) decisions, Drunk Driving, Black-Outs.
Long Term: Changing relationships (with friends, families, etc), Avoiding contact with loved ones, Hiding alcohol, Depression, legal problems such as an arrest or loss of job.
In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
“When I was thirteen, friends would make fun of me if I didn’t have a drink. I just gave in because it was easier to join the crowd.
“I was really unhappy and just drank to escape my life. I went out less and less, so started losing friends. The more lonely I got, the more I drank. I was violent and out of control. I never knew what I was doing. I was ripping my family apart.
“Kicked out of my home at age sixteen, I was homeless and started begging for money to buy drinks. After years of abuse, doctors told me there was irreparable harm to my health.
“I was only sixteen but my liver was badly damaged and I was close to killing myself from everything I was drinking.” —Samantha