Not everyone seeks the medical and psychological help and attention they might need. So people feel they will be able to cope with their physical or mental health issues with the help of alcohol.
There are clearly many problems that can develop from such a reliance on alcohol to self-medicate. Not least, is the possibility that someone could easily start abusing alcohol as they increase their intake in an attempt to cope with their medical or emotional problems.
It is likely that a good percentage of people who self-medicate in this way will probably fail an alcoholic quiz. Alcoholism can soon become just as much a problem as the medical condition someone was trying to combat.
What sort of conditions do people generally try to self-medicate with alcohol?
When someone is going through relationship difficulties and it is impacting their mood it is quite common to seek solace in alcohol.
Mental health problems such as depression and anxiety caused by relationship difficulties can often require psychological intervention to help a person cope with their emotional trauma.
However, it is far too commonplace to see someone turn to alcohol in those circumstances.
Psychological problems can be very complex. When someone is feeling down and not able to cope with certain pressures they are experiencing in their life they can often develop certain coping mechanisms.
Developing an eating disorder is one of the mental health challenges that can develop in challenging circumstances. Using alcohol to self-medicate as a replacement is something that is regularly witnessed among patients.
When someone is unable to achieve a regular sleep pattern and is failing to get a sufficient amount of rest to be able to function properly, they may well turn to alcohol to try and help them get to sleep.
Alcohol is more likely to exacerbate the problem and make it harder for someone to battle their insomnia.
Grieving a loss
Grief can be overwhelming. When someone feels overcome with grief and feels unable to cope with the loss they have experienced it is often they will turn to alcohol as a way of trying to cope.
Grief counseling is often needed in order to help someone deal with their loss and restore a good balance to their mental health. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol will not get to the heart of the problem and is a bad way to self-medicate.
Withdrawal from drugs
If someone decided to try and withdraw from taking a substance such as marijuana or cocaine, for instance, they might turn to alcohol as a way of self-medicating.
Withdrawal from drugs and other addictions almost always requires professional intervention. Alcohol will not resolve the problem and could easily add to their problems, especially if they then become addicted to alcohol instead.
Self-medicating with alcohol can easily lead to addiction. Alcohol does not solve any of the problems that a person was trying to cope with in the first place.
Instead, it could easily become the case that a person who is self-medicating with alcohol will then require treatment for addiction when they find that they are unable to stop or control their drinking.