Drinking alcohol may start off as something harmless, something you do not expect to continue. If you do not control it, however, it can affect your loved in more ways than you think.
10 ways alcoholism can affect your family
1. You lose quality time with them.
You will cut down the amount of time you spend with your family, because you are drinking, sick, or hung over. Your family will see you this way, and it is how they will remember you.
2. You make inconsiderate decisions.
Family, not drinking, should be your priority. Families need each member to participate and be present in the relationships. Your spouse needs to feel you are there for them. Because your presence is missing, family members may resort to seeking an unsuitable replacement, one that will potentially bring even more chaos into their lives.
3. You say hurtful things.
You will say things to family members that you later regret, things that are difficult to take back. A hurting comment can be like a dagger in the heart of a family member, so choose your words wisely.
4. You take dangerous risks.
You will do dangerous things, even though you know they are dangerous and may also put your family at risk of death. Drunk driving, for example, risks devastating injuries or even death.
5. You develop financial problems.
Your character will become flawed as you stop managing to do what you are supposed to at work and at home. This brings more problems, such as your family thinking and believing that you are not successful at all and your boss giving you more problems before eventually firing you. Getting fired causes several new problems with your spouse.
6. You make excuses, causing your family to dismiss you.
You will continue to make excuses for drinking to your spouse, who will grow tired of your antics and the problems they cause. This will only cause more friction, and draw more attention to the problem you have developed.
7. Your family wants you out of the house.
The lapses of memory that you have will appear to be similar to Alzheimer’s disease. Even though the brain changes are different in alcoholism, it is possible that your family could start making plans to put you in a home where others can care for your needs.
8. You develop health problems.
Alcoholism is directly related to sexual impotency, high blood pressure, vitamin B1 deficiency, magnesium deficiency, malnutrition, cancer, low functioning immune system, and predisposes you to injuries, domestic abuse, and sexual assault.
9. Your family has to lie to cover up your bad decisions.
Your family has to deal with your many side effects of alcoholism. These include blackouts, nausea, impaired judgment, vomiting, trouble breathing, and headaches. Moreover, your family has to make excuses for why you do not attend family gatherings or why you do not attend church with them every Sunday.
10. You lose honor and respect.
As your health problems mount, you lose all honor and respect in the family, especially if you are a parent. The rest of the family has to make decisions without you, and they do not trust your opinion.
Irreversible genetic changes
Depending on when you became alcoholic, you could have affected the genes of your children and grandchildren. They could be genetically predisposed to alcoholism, meaning they are more likely to become an alcoholic.
How will your children and grandchildren reverse their genetic codes for this predisposition for poor health? Right now, there is no known way cando that, nor is there any way to change what has been programmed in the genes of a fetus.
Alcoholism can affect your reputation for several generations. When your grandchildren look through photo albums, they should see you as a role model, not someone with a character to avoid. Give them good reason to think highly of you, and show them what a responsible person looks like.
For more information
If you suspect that you are drinking far too much, even though you believe you are masking the symptoms, then take action right away. For more information, contact MississippiCare at (866) 608-1834. We are waiting on standby to help you.