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Thread: Alcoholism & Violence: Does alcohol release the demons or create the demons?

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    OK, this has to do with alcoholism and violence. I'm sure we've all been exposed to a violent drunk in the course of our wanderings.

    Does alcohol release the suppressed demons inside a person?

    Or does alcohol create the demons? Implying that the stone sober person is basically non-violent and the alcohol just makes him violent, against his true inner nature?

    Or is it not so black-and-white and it's actually a bit of both?


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    I would put forth that it is a bit of each.
    For some people, they keep violence restrained. Alcohol makes them less inhibited and lowers the violence threshold.
    But for some, (self included) alcohol can interfere with neurotransmitters within the brain which regulate the flow of serotonin. This is not fully understood that I know of, unless there have been recent developments.
    For me, tequila makes me mellow and easy going. Whiskey, on the other hand makes me spontaneous and violent. Oddly, if I drink enough whiskey, I mellow out. So there's a short stage there where it's best to leave me alone.
    Not that anyone really needs to be concerned with it these days. I don't drink and in spite of a family riddled by alcoholism, the gene seems to have skipped me... I have no desire for alcohol.


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    Neverfly makes a good point. I also think there is another factor at play: The information that is received when intoxicated is interpreted differently from the same information that is received when sober because the information is not processed as thoroughly.

    Edit: Therefore one might interpret the actions of another in an unintended way, which can lead to various sorts of negative interpretations. This, along with less inhibited behaviour, can result in a violent altercation that a person may have never participated in had they the ability to process the information thoroughly.
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    With mild amounts ingested I became less inhibited by abstemious behaviors, and would normally be offensive, but never violent. With large amounts, more or less curled up into a little harmless ball and sulked. However, I do know people who, prior to intoxication, are very level-headed and conscientious. The moment that they start drinking, however, become very outwardly confrontational. As with all drugs, the behavioral changes that result from them vary from individual to individual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Are you old enough to drink? I'm calling the cops...
    Shhhhhh.., I'll share if you don't. I am currently not of legal age, but no longer engage in inebriation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Are you old enough to drink? I'm calling the cops...
    Shhhhhh.., I'll share if you don't. I am currently not of legal age, but no longer engage in inebriation.
    Interesting- because your chat log dialog from last night's chat box said you were going to go curl up and sulk.
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    Took alcohol occasionally before. I had quit alcohol half year ago due to some religious beliefs, but now times are changed again, i think i will take alcohol, whenever i get good chance now, not really sure though.

    But i am sure, it will relax me.
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