So, loneliness is one of the major factors that make people start drinking, losing themselves in the alcohol and getting addicted to such a state. According to Maddux and Winstead (p. 374), “[t]he evolution in thinking about what defines addictive behavior is based in large part on the observation that a number of processes are common to excessive behaviors that have been characterized as addictive.” Still there are no exact explanations of what causes addiction to alcohol but due to all the studies several factors may be distinguished. For instance, people at young age are very sensitive to such experience because they are trying to copy their peers, to find their acceptance. It may be explained by low self-esteem and lack of character. Also, if a person is born in a family with, at least, one parent experiencing problems with alcoholism, there are more chances to follow that example than in families where there is no such a problem. Maddux and Winstead (p. 382) stated:
Although alcoholism appears to run in families, it is difficult to disentangle genetic factora from environmental factors. As an example, a number of genes are believed to contribute to an individual’s susceptibility to substance dependence; thus, there may be many idiographic combinations of these genes resulting in different combinations for different people. … [And] each individual is linked, to a greater or lesser extent, to all other members of his or her culture. It is within this social fabric that patterns of belief and behaviors about alcohol and other drug use are modeled through a combination of examples, reinforcements, punishments, encouragesment.
It is a challenge to admit that a problem exists because before the realization of it, there is no way to help with “fighting this demon”. There are quite many programs, medicines, trainings to help people who suffer from addiction, meanwhile, to our regret, lots