The Connection Between Alcohol & Divorce

Alcohol in of itself is not a bad thing as it can be used to celebrate life events, take a load off at the end of a rough week, or to add a touch of romance to your night with the one you love. However, any good thing when used in excess can become a hindrance. In the case of alcohol, when people become too dependent on it, and ultimately addicted it can change them in ways they would never imagine. Studies in the U.S. show that alcohol is the number one drug problem, and believe it or not, it is also becoming one of the largest contributions to divorces in the country as well.

When it comes to divorces, many spouses are quick to accuse the other of committing adultery or falling out of love; though alcoholism is often viewed as the monster that lives under the bed; the scary topic that no one wants to discuss. Alcoholism is often what drives a barrier between spouses, and yet at the same time the non-addicted spouse will often make excuses for their husband or wife in order to cover their problem. In many cases, those who are addicted to alcohol will poorly affect many different areas of their life. This could include their ability, or willingness, to work and specifically their relationships with their family and spouse.

What is so frightening about the topic of alcoholism is the fact that they are the only person who can control themselves, no program or person can stop them from being addicted; it has to be a personal conviction that turns to action and eventually change. Sadly, one of the biggest concerns for alcoholism and divorce is when there are children involved. In the event that a spouse wants to divorce and there are no minor children, it can be an easier process; however, with younger children there is much more at stake. When minor children are in the picture, this may create more tension as one spouse will have to prove the others inability to care for the children.

A divorce can be caused by many different factors, however if you plan to use alcoholism as one of the reasons you must be able to prove it before the court. This would mean more than having pictures of all the beer in your fridge, this means having your close friends and family testify that your spouse has had an abusive behavior as a result of the alcoholism. This doesn't necessarily have to mean you are being beaten physically, in many cases alcoholism can result in emotional abuse such as anger or isolation. If you or someone you know is currently suffering in a marriage with an alcoholic, consider filing for a divorce. Contact an experience Raleigh divorce attorney at the Hopper Law Office today for more information!

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