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Running head: ALCOHOL AND FAMILY VIOLENCE 1 Alcohol and Family Violence Kathleen Parks BSHS406 Meredith Sharp April 29, 2016
ALCOHOL AND FAMILY VIOLENCE 2 Alcohol and Family Violence Alcohol can perpetuate violence within the family unit and cause further dysfunction within the family cycle contributing to the ongoing destruction of the individual, the family, and future generations if the cycle is not broken. Alcohol and family violence is an ongoing problem that has conflicting views within society and the laws and regulations that protect society. Al- though alcohol is a concern impacting the individual, the family, and the community it is also glamorized in social media and a large part in family rituals and religious traditions which exac- erbates the growing problem. Alcoholism and family violence is found through all social, eco- nomic, and cultural communities. As alcoholism and family violence is brought forth; interven- tion needs to take into account the roles and relationships on a micro, mezzo, and macro level to understand how society influences the acceptance or non-acceptance of the role alcohol and vio- lence plays within the family. Understanding the differing roles religion, culture, and ethnic background and how alcohol, violence, and power influence these positions will allow for further understanding of the impact on the individual and family life cycle. Alcoholism in the Family Alcohol in today’s society is glamorized, socially acceptable, and is often used for family celebrations and traditions. The only deterrent within the legal system is the age of consuming al- cohol which is 21, for adolescents this age limit can often be seducing and enticing. Alcoholism is a disease that affects the individual, the family members, and those in the alcoholic’s everyday life. Alcohol is a disease of addiction, once this disease manifests there is no cure or small amount of alcohol that can be consumed, only complete abstinence (Alcoholics Anonymous, 2001). Alcoholism is a progressive disease that affects the individual; cravings grow with fre- quency and amount consumed. The alcoholic is often unaware of the addiction and powerless-
ALCOHOL AND FAMILY VIOLENCE 3 ness he or she has over the addiction, making promises to family and friends that it will never happen but being unable to make good on the promise. The alcoholic suffers in mind, body, and spirituality. The alcoholic develops a physical as well as a psychological craving. Many alco- holics drink to cover up or numb the pain that was due to trauma. In masking their own pain, they are unaware of how they are creating anxiety, shift in roles and responsibilities and neglect- ing those that they love. The individuals surrounding the alcoholic often enable the alcoholic by accepting the be- havior, cleaning up the mess that the alcoholic gets in, and trusting that things will get better.

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