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Drinking alcohol: Harmless activity or causing problems for you?

If you were to survey Ohio residents, especially those currently attending state colleges, to ask why they do or do not drink alcohol, you may find that many people answer your questions in similar ways. For instance, some people might tell you that their faith beliefs prohibit them from imbibing. Others might say they simply think it is fun to get together with friends and toss back a few cold ones.  

There are numerous reasons that people (perhaps yourself included) choose to drink alcohol or not. If you are prone to addiction and alcohol is causing a substance abuse problem in your life, you might be among those who are looking for support resources to help them overcome their struggles. Alcohol-related incidents also often lead to criminal charges, especially if you drive after drinking, then get into an accident.  

Main reasons Ohio residents and others consume alcohol 

The following list includes issues that rank high on most people's lists as to why they drink alcohol, either on semi-regular or regular bases:  

  • A lot of people consider themselves shy and have trouble adapting to social situations. They say alcohol helps them feel more confident in social settings. 
  • Life can be quite stressful. Alcohol has properties thought to inhibit anxiety. You may be one of many who drink to relieve stress. 
  • When you get together with friends, it is nice to share a common activity. Having a few drinks is a quick and easy way to do that. 
  • Then again, you might feel that others pressure you into drinking and you participate because you want to fit in with the crowd.  

Every day, somewhere in the U.S., someone enters a substance abuse rehabilitation program to try to overcome alcohol addiction. If you are considering doing so, you'll be glad to know that many people successfully get their lives back on track through such programs.  

Other alcohol-related problems 

If you recently called home to tell your spouse or parents that you were in jail and are going to face DUI charges in an Ohio court, you may have your work cut out to try to avoid conviction, but it is often possible if you know how to protect your rights and build a strong defense.  

A momentary lapse in judgment doesn't always have to keep you from accomplishing your life goals. While things may get a bit worse before they get better, if you know where to seek support, you may be able to mitigate your circumstances and redirect your course sooner than you think.

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