How Alcohol Addiction is represented in the Media

How Alcohol Addiction is represented in the MediaThe media usually presents one-sided reports, the side of the story which benefits them the most.  Because of this, viewers, readers, gamers and other techy people may not get the full truth, or even the truth at all, when they hear news. The media is famous for only revealing certain highlights and/or pictures to help increase the public’s interest, as they do with alcoholism. If you have learned about alcohol abuse through the media, double check your information to ensure that it is accurate.

How Alcohol Is Represented in the Media

The media often misrepresents the truth about addiction and how it can impact someone’s life. In fact, the media often depicts addiction in the following ways:

  • Glamorized
  • Social acceptance
  • No consequences

The media often advertises alcohol abuse as glamorous. Whether through an alcohol commercial with a gorgeous woman, pictures of celebrities bonding over drinks or videos of teenagers having fun while drinking, the media shows that people enjoy themselves when they drink alcohol. Furthermore, it often communicates that the more you drink, the more socially accepted you will be. If drinking at parties is socially accepted, then the media suggests that you should drink at parties, even to fit in. Lastly, the media may discuss celebrities who get arrested for a DUI, but this is merely a slap on the wrist, because they have money and continue illustrious careers. However, this is not reality, because the truth is that you will pay thousands of dollars in fines and/or jail time if you receive a criminal offense related to alcohol.

How the Media Affects Addiction Recovery and Prevention Efforts

The media both promote or discourage drinking, so people may react in different ways given the media’s message. In fact, the media’s portrayal of alcoholism can affect addiction recovery and/or prevention efforts in the following ways:

  • Triggers
  • Spark curiosity
  • Provide false security

Many addicts learn what problems trigger their cravings while in treatment. Triggers are any object, person and/or place that sparks cravings, so addicts must learn to keep themselves busy to avoid thinking about drinking. Additionally, watching shows, movies or commercials that promote drinking can spark someone’s curiosity. This may encourage someone to drink for the first time, or to relapse into an addiction. Lastly, an addict may feel a false sense of security, so she may think she can limit her use to when she is only around certain people. The problem with this is that, before she even realizes it, her occasional use can lead to addiction. In other words, get help to protect yourself from the enticing messages from the media.

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