Why Alcohol Is Making Your Anger Problem Worse

Why Alcohol Is Making Your Anger Problem Worse

A direct connection exists between alcohol abuse and anger management. Many people find that when they drink they become prone to abusing people verbally or physically, because alcohol can affect people powerfully. Unfortunately, the psychological power of alcoholism blinds drinkers to the pain their words and actions cause nearby friends and loved ones.

How Alcohol Affects Anger

Alcohol causes the brain to release dopamine into the bloodstream. Dopamine is a natural substance that creates feelings of pleasure following activities like exercise, relational connectivity, creative expression, eating, sexual activity and hard work. Any behavior that causes the brain to feel this type of pleasure will be strongly reinforced, which makes it one of the primary ways people learn and form habits. For some people, rage becomes just as addictive as any drug.

Alcohol super-stimulates the brain’s pleasure center, which also manages the following psychological functions:

  • Impulse control
  • The formation and recollection of memories
  • Emotional processing

Alcohol reduces inhibitions and one’s power to manage his feelings and behavior. For some people, alcohol abuse causes erratic, euphoric celebration, but others find that drinking causes isolation and sadness. Lastly, alcohol can deteriorate one’s self-control and emotional regulation to cause the following problems:

  • Verbal outbursts
  • Psychological abuse
  • Physically or sexually abusing children
  • Spousal abuse
  • Alcohol-induced fighting

If left unchecked, this kind of behavior can have devastating repercussions. Many cases of intentional or accidental death are connected to alcohol abuse.

Symptoms of Alcoholism

If you find it difficult to manage your anger or frustration when you drink, then you may be suffering from alcoholism. An affirmative answer to any of the following questions may mean alcoholism has formed:

  • Do you find it difficult to stop drinking once you start?
  • Do you tend to consume more than two or three drinks per day or ten per week?
  • Do you often drink to the point of impairment?
  • Do you do or say things you regret when you have been drinking?
  • Have you failed to stop drinking in the past?
  • Are people afraid of you when you drink?
  • Do you find it difficult to deal with stress or frustration without drinking?
  • Do you automatically associate relaxation or fun with drinking?
  • Is your use of alcohol causing negative professional, social, physical, legal or relational consequences?

Seek help if any of the questions draw an affirmative answer from you.

Alcohol Abuse Help

The good news is that help is available for alcohol abuse. Our admissions coordinators are standing by 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline with confidential help and access to residential and outpatient treatment. Don’t continue hurting and frightening your loved ones; regain self-control, self-respect and the love of your family by picking up the phone and calling now.