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Which Personalities Are Most Susceptible to Alcohol Addiction?
According to The Partnership at DrugFree.org there are 23.5 million Americans age 12 and older who are currently addicted to alcohol. That works out to roughly one tenth of the U.S. population, but the rate among lawyers is more like 20 percent. There’s a theory that attorneys tend to fall into one of two predictable personality profiles, both of which are addiction-prone.
The Romantic Idealist views the world as a place where everything happens the right way. They expect justice to prevail and high standards of conduct to be valued. This person comes face to face with the world as it is, rather than as they imagine it, and as a result experience continual disappointment. To ease that discouragement they may look for comfort in drugs or alcohol.
This individual doesn’t hold a romanticized view of the world, but sees things in a stern framework of black and white, wrong and right. Their worldview makes them rigid and unyielding, feeding a need to take control so things work out as they ought to. This person is all or nothing. They don’t do anything by halves, including drinking.
Of course, personality let alone profession doesn’t pre-determine an alcohol problem, but here are a few personal checks to find out if your personality does lean toward addiction:
- Spend one month maintaining a journal. Keep a daily record of how many drinks you consume. Most drinkers are surprised when they see their habits recorded on paper.
- Try to reduce your drinking. If you have a drink to relax after each day’s labor, or even several times per week, see what happens if you try to skip an occasion or two. One sign of addiction is the inability to change drinking habits.
- Take the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). This test was put together by the World Health Organization as a tool to screen health professionals for problem drinking, but it works for anyone.
- Attempt to turn your excessive personality in a more positive direction. Become an exercise enthusiast, or develop a passion for healthy cooking. The propensity to over-do can become an asset if you can channel your energies.
Those who suspect they may have an addictive personality or a drinking problem can talk with an addiction specialist. Not only will they be able to assess the behavior, they will be able to help individuals make necessary changes in thinking and coping.