What Causes People to Drink Too Much Alcohol?

by Louise Balle

When you drink too much alcohol it can cause problems with your liver and make you do things that you will likely regret. There are a few common reasons why someone might drink too much alcohol.


Many people consume too much alcohol because of pressure from friends to continue drinking.


An alcoholic will consume too much alcohol because he has a compulsion to drink and his body is dependent on the alcohol.


When a person is depressed, she may drink too much alcohol to cope with her emotional problems.


Some people drink excessively as a way to lose all inhibitions and build up the confidence to do things that they would not normally do when sober.


Research by the Human Genome Project has shown that the tendency to drink too much alcohol may be genetic.

About the Author

Louise Balle has been writing Web articles since 2004, covering everything from business promotion to topics on beauty. Her work can be found on various websites. She has a small-business background and experience as a layout and graphics designer for Web and book projects.

Photo Credits

  • BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images