Can Adhd Cause Alcoholism?

Can Adhd Cause Alcoholism?

It’s a question that’s been asked by many people struggling with addiction: can ADHD cause alcoholism? The answer is complicated, and not always easy to find. There is no one definitive answer, as the causes of alcoholism are complex and multi-layered. However, there is some evidence to suggest that ADHD may be a contributing factor to alcohol abuse and addiction.

Alcoholism is a serious and chronic disease that is characterized by compulsive alcohol use, despite negative consequences. People with alcoholism often have trouble controlling their drinking, and may continue to drink even when it causes problems in their lives. Alcoholism can damage relationships, wreak havoc on health, and lead to financial ruin. It is a progressive disease, meaning it gets worse over time.

People with ADHD may be at increased risk for developing alcoholism for a number of reasons. First, impulsivity is a common symptom of ADHD. This can lead to risky behaviors, including excessive drinking. Second, people with ADHD may self-medicate with alcohol in order to cope with the symptoms of their disorder. This can lead to abuse and addiction over time. Finally, people with ADHD may have difficulty controlling their drinking once they start, due to the impulsive nature of the disorder.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, it’s important to seek help from a qualified professional. There is no easy answer to the question of whether or not ADHD can cause alcoholism, but treatment can help address both disorders and improve quality of life.

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Robert Gerchalk

Robert is our health care professional reviewer of this website. He worked for many years in mental health and substance abuse facilities in Florida, as well as in home health (medical and psychiatric), and took care of people with medical and addictions problems at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He has a nursing and business/technology degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.

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