Judy Cousins, Clinical Social Worker, discusses facts about drinking, and how can drinking affect a person's relationships
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Male Speaker: How can drinking affect a person's relationships? Judith W. Cousins: Drinking has a very profound affect on people's relationships. Those relationships can include spouses and partners, and girlfriends and boyfriends, can affect children, relationship with children, relationships with supervisors, and relationships with friends, relationship with co-workers. Essentially, what happens, when the relationship is affected by drinking, is that the drinking becomes more important than the relationship, not intentionally, but virtue of actual behavior. A person will be spending more time drinking and planning on drinking and coming down from the drinking and when they do or doing their normal activities and this creates problems with relationships. Relationships that can be affected are across the board. Supervisory relationships, relationships with co-workers. Often co-workers will complain about someone who is drinking because they're not pulling their way. They're not doing their work, the work they normally would. Relationships with spouse creates conflict, drinking creates conflict because it's too often too much. People who are drinking are usually not available emotionally. Often, they're critical or angry or belligerent and those create relationship issues.