After reading through the slides on "Impulsivity & Self Control" and "Drugs" I have been thinking a lot about alcohol consumption and why people get drunk. Everyone knows we do stupid things when we are drunk, text our exes, get into fights and make out with strangers. We wake up with unexplained bruises and have a massive headache and some of us will throw up all day long. However every weekend most of us end up drinking again. We may only say "I am going to have one drink and call it a night" but after that one drink what winds up happening? "I'll just have one more" and then the next morning we are waking up on the bathroom floor with no recollection of what happened. So why does this happen? According to the lecture on impulsivity and self control I believe that this is a pattern on "positive addictions" substituting for "negative addictions". We say we will only have one drink because we know the negative side effects of drinking too much: the hangover. But once we have one drink the euphoria that alcohol gives us starts to set in and we do not want it to go away. We only begin to think of the positive side of alcohol, the feeling of euphoria. So before we know it we are drinking more than we can handle. When the feeling of euphoria sets in we are only thinking about immediate gratification, we want to feel pleasure now. We are not thinking of the delayed gratification of not having a hangover the next day. I think this is a very simple explanation to why people get drunk. (This post is not to imply that everyone gets drunk, and this post is not to attempt to explain alcoholism). Please comment with your thoughts and comments!
Berg, M (2014). Impulsivity & Self Control #1. Retrieved from: https://sites.google.com/site/markrscnj/Home/motivation/motivation-lectures
Berg, M (2014). Drugs. Retrieved from: https://sites.google.com/site/markrscnj/Home/motivation/motivation-lectures