Drinking too much can have a damaging effect on the relationships which matter most – whether it’s your family, friends, partner or colleagues.

Alcohol can alter your behaviour

Drinking heavily can have a negative affect on your behaviour – and some people find that they become more likely to argue with their partner after drinking. Experts believe that the reason this happens is due to the way alcohol affects the brain.

  • Alcohol lowers your inhibitions, which may make you feel more confident and less anxious.
  • But those lower inhibitions can also make you accidentally say or do something that you may come to regret.
  • The majority of people who drink are never violent, and even those who do become aggressive won’t be so all the time. However, if you often drink to excess, you could find your night ruined by an argument that neither of you really want.

Domestic violence

Domestic violence covers a vast spectrum of behaviour – including emotional, psychological and financial harm – and many people can be domestically abusive without drinking alcohol at all. Nonetheless, experts have observed a correlation between alcohol and domestic violence.

If you do find that drinking heavily causes you to have more arguments or become aggressive towards your partner, it could be time to start thinking about ways to cut back on alcohol.