No matter where you go, you are likely to notice there is always alcohol around in a social setting. This is common place. Many homes today have bars, others have at least a couple of bottles on hand for their own use or to make sure they can put together drinks when company shows up. Our culture has fast become a real ‘drinking culture’.

But, For What Reasons Do People Drink Alcohol?

Research has shown that the number one answer to this question is what you probably would expect, socialization. Many people drink as their way to fit in with others. It often boosts their confidence and helps reduce stresses they may usually have in a social setting.

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The next highest reason many people drink is because they like the taste. Be it someone with a love for beer or the many mixed drinks available, people do simply enjoy the taste of these beverages.

Next, people drink to relax, or feel at ease. One of the problems with this is that many people get used to feeling at ease and relaxed and start to rely on alcohol to make them feel that way on a daily basis. At this point, the reliance on alcohol can eventually turn into an addiction which can lead to destructive behaviours and health problems.

To get a buzz or to simply to “get drunk” are the next reasons many people like to drink, followed by drinking out of peer pressure. The occurrence of peer pressure to drink can be common place in today’s youth society.

If you are worried about someone you know, or maybe even yourself, having a problem with alcohol – be sure to read as much information as you can on the general signs of alcohol addiction and how to best deal with them. Read more information at our Alcohol Information resources.