Evidently, our personality factors into our relationship with alcohol. Or so I have read. Not sure whether this is something so obvious we might have known it all along…or something hidden in plain sight.
They’ve done studies on teenagers to see what character traits most predispose them to alcohol problems later in life. They are:
- Being sensitive to anxiety
- Feeling hopeless or depressed
- Seeking thrills
Problem is, these traits don’t suddenly fade away as we enter adulthood. In fact, I would venture to say that they may even become more prominent. Maybe I think this just because I work in the health care field, but I doubt it.
Rather, I see friends, acquaintances and family members struggling with depression, anxiety more and more. Impulsiveness, recklessness…not as much…but they are there. As adults, we thrill seek in a different way. Additionally, there are some with adult ADHD, and this can lead down a path towards problems with alcohol too, as stress management issues and snap decisions are part of that.
At any age, alcohol connects strongly with emotion-based decisions. As adults, we can try to create distance from our emotions, but let’s face it, they get the best of us more often than we care to admit. The pace of our world is always speeding up, and emotional decisions are made quickly, lightning fast – alcohol can just as easily accelerate.