The Secondhand Dangers of Drinking

The Secondhand Dangers of Drinking

While many people know about alcohol’s effects and dangers for the person who is drinking, there are also many secondhand dangers associated with alcoholism that are rarely discussed.

Alcohol abuse doesn’t just harm the alcoholic, it can create radiating challenges for the family members and loved ones of alcoholics as well. At Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts, we offer alcoholism and drug addiction treatment services to help alcoholics get sober. Part of the healing process is addressing the secondhand harms of alcoholism.

What Are Secondhand Dangers of Drinking?

Secondhand dangers of drinking are effects or dangerous situations created by a person’s alcoholism that affect their loved ones. Those harmed by alcoholism’s secondhand dangers aren’t alcoholics themselves, but rather they are people who are close to an alcoholic. About 1 of every 5 people in the United States has experienced harm due to the behaviors of an alcoholic in their life.1 Secondhand drinking dangers include:

  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Domestic violence
  • Injury
  • Property damage
  • Emotional distress
  • Financial troubles
  • Marriage or family difficulties

Alcoholism doesn’t just harm the alcoholic, alcohol’s dangers to others are especially harmful and widespread. While professional alcohol addiction treatment in Massachusetts can help the alcoholic get sober, it’s also important to help the whole family heal from alcohol’s dangerous effects. At Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts, we support entire families in healing from alcoholism’s dangers both firsthand and secondhand.

Call 888-280-4763 to learn more about how our team can help your whole family heal.


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  1. CNN – The secondhand harms of drinking impact 1 in 5 adults, study says
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