What is Secondhand Drinking and is it Dangerous?

Secondhand drinking is something that affects millions of Americans every day. But, what is secondhand drinking exactly? And how does it impact those that it affects? In this article, we outline the phenomenon that is secondhand drinking and how people can overcome the effects of this circumstance.

What is Secondhand Drinking? 

Secondhand drinking refers to the effects that a person’s alcoholism has on other people. A good comparison to help you better understand would be secondhand smoking. Essentially, it was determined that smoking around other people could potentially cause harm. When exhaled smoke is inhaled by nonsmokers, this smoke can cause damage to the lungs.

Just like smoking around others has its outward consequences, drinking around other people can lead to negative consequences as well. Unfortunately, the people who are usually affected by secondhand drug abuse don’t always get help. And, are commonly the friends, family, and loved ones of those who struggle with drug misuse. But, those affected must understand the effects of secondhand alcoholism. This way, they can get the help they need to gain helpful coping mechanisms and relationship management skills.

What are the Effects of Secondhand Drinking?

While secondhand smoking is relatable to secondhand drinking, the two are obviously different. Besides the substances used, the effects of secondhand drinking differ from secondhand smoking. Specifically, the effects of secondhand drinking aren’t physical ailments like those of secondhand smoking. Rather, they’re effects brought about the specific behaviors of someone dependent upon alcohol.

Mistreatment from those using Alcohol

Often, people who drink excess amounts of alcohol can experience a change in brain chemistry. Specifically, they can experience a change in brain chemicals which can bring about ornery moods. And, lead to the harassment and mistreatment of others either verbally, physically, or emotionally.

Increased Risk of Being a Victim of Violent Crimes and Assault

Just like drinking can lead to mistreatment and harassment of others, it can also lead to the physical abuse of others. And, an increased risk of violent acts. According to a study conducted by Johns Hopkins, in 6 years, 21% of alcohol-related arrests were for violent crimes.

Increased Probability of Car Accidents 

Another way that alcohol misuse can affect others is car accidents. This can happen in one of two ways. Either, a person gets into a vehicle with someone who is abusing alcohol behind the wheel. Or, a person under the influence wrecks with others, either hitting another vehicle or pedestrians. Obviously, in either case, it’s the fault of the person who is under the influence. And, is one of the most deadly forms of secondhand drinking.

Higher Probability of Relationship and Family Problems

Any type of drug addiction can negatively affect the family unit. When a person begins to experience the negative consequences of addiction, they aren’t the only ones who do. For example, when funds start running low, this can put a strain on any marriage. And, since addiction often leads to financial struggles, this is commonly the case. Furthermore, experiencing alcoholism can lead to the neglect of children. Thus, putting strains on parent-children relationships.

Lotus Healing offers outpatient alcohol treatment for folks who want to stop drinking and live more healthy lives with greater mental well-being. Learn about our outpatient services and providers like Adam Freilich, LADC, right from our website.

Dr. Dixie Brown is a PhD level Therapist, Integrative Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritionist with 15 years of experience working in Mental Health, specifically with trauma, eating disorders, and substance use.

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