Why do I get abusive when I’m drunk?

Why do I get so angry and abusive after a few pints? I'm always upsetting people I care about and I don't understand why it happens to me.

It’s fairly common for people to do things they regret when they’ve been drinking. Saying that, if you continue to get angry when you’re drunk and say and do things you wouldn’t normally, you might find that your relationships suffer.

Alcohol makes people loosen up. This often leads to doing things they regret, like saying hurtful things or getting into fights. It might be that when you are sober you keep your feelings to yourself and when you’re drunk they all come out. If this is the case you should think about opening up to people about how you feel when you’re sober and able to be more diplomatic. If you keep things inside they can build up until they explode, and alcohol fuels the explosion.

It might be helpful to learn more about the various effects of drinking alcohol. Binge drinking – drinking alcohol solely to get drunk – can be particularly dangerous.

If you’d like to talk to someone about the effect this is having on your relationships, call SupportLine on 01708 765200 for a confidential chat with an advisor. If you would like to get some advice and information about keeping yourself under control while drinking, or you’re worried about your drinking, you can call Drinkline on 0300 123 1110, or contact Frank on 0300 123 6600.

Answered by Addaction on 05-Jun-2014

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