The topic of this paper involves the causes of alcoholic behavior. The purpose was to examine three studies done on personality traits and how or if they predispose someone to alcoholism. The material covered included research done on alcoholism, personality traits related to alcoholism, and personality testing. The sources used were from research articles, websites, and medical journals. Through exploration of personal experiences and prior research done on the subject of personality being either a precursor or a result of alcoholism, it is concluded that there are many causes of alcoholic behavior and to focus on just one or another is an inaccurate treatment. The recovery from alcoholism is an individual and personal journey that can only happen when the alcoholic is ready. Understanding the cause of alcoholism is only a section of the journey.
Which Comes First – Alcohol or the Alcoholic?
The term alcoholic has taken many shapes over years of sociological change. Through history, it has defined groups of people from ones who drink more than one glass, to ones who drink to the point of drunkenness, to ones who simply get in trouble while drinking. No matter what form of definition the word takes, we can mostly agree that the term alcoholic universally defines someone “to knowingly consume alcohol despite the negative effects on the individual.” With that being said, this paper will focus on the ongoing research of one aspect of the cause of alcoholic behavior; an alcoholic personality. As many studies have been performed on the alcoholic personality and whether it is the cause or result of alcoholic behavior, I will take a look at various researches as well as reflect on personal experiences, and discuss my views on the subject.
According to Soinsky (2008), the classic alcoholic behavior is traditionally broken down into 4 stages, beginning with Stage 1: the individual starts to depend on the mood altering...