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Why Does Alcohol Make Some People Angry?

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Science has a lot to tell us about the link between alcohol and aggressive behavior.


Everyone knows that alcohol turns some people into angry drunks. But, until recently, no one knew exactly why.

In 2011, The Ohio State University launched a study to determine why alcohol ignites aggression in some people, while leaving others feeling happy and relaxed.

The Research on Alcohol and Aggressive Behavior

The study involved 495 adults, with an average age of 23. It found that those who exhibit aggressive behavior when intoxicated all share one personality trait—the inability to consider future consequences of current behavior.

That trait affects people even when sober, but the real damage occurs when drunk. As the study’s lead author, Brad Bushman said:

“People who focus on the here and now, without thinking about the impact on the future, are more aggressive than others when they are sober, but the effect is magnified greatly when they’re drunk.”

The solution? If you’re the kind of person who lives completely in the present, you have to be especially careful about how much you drink—and what kinds of situations you put yourself in when you drink.

Expected Personality Changes When Drunk

Another explanation is that, according to a survey done by the American Medical Association, a majority of people under the age of 35 view drinking as an excuse for outrageous behavior.

When that’s the social norm, it can come as no surprise that many people do outrageous—and even aggressive things—while intoxicated.

Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Denver

If alcohol has started causing you problems and, yet, you find yourself unable to control your drinking, then it’s probably time to get help. Addiction changes the brain, making it difficult, if not impossible, for some people to stop on their own.

At The Raleigh House, you’ll heal at your own pace through one-on-one therapy, as well as group therapy. Activities like yoga, boxing, swimming and hiking will help restore your health—and boost production of your body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Chef-prepared meals will give your body the nutrients it needs to heal.

Alcohol addiction can take so much away. This is your chance to get it all back—and maybe even more. We’d love to help you discover your path to a healthy, fulfilling and rewarding life. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the alcohol addiction treatment program at The Raleigh House.

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