Athletes and Alcoholism
Statistics show that athletes have a higher risk of developing drug and alcohol addiction. The risk is even higher for athletes participating in team sports.
Despite their focus on good health, athletes often suffer from sport-related stress and pressure.
While some athletes turn to drugs or alcohol for social acceptance or performance reasons, others develop a drug addiction after an injury.
Professional and non-professional sports leagues recognize the problem and often administer routine drug screenings. But most of the prevention focus is on prescription and non-prescription drugs, not alcohol.
Unfortunately, this means many athletes struggling with alcohol use disorder (AUD) do not receive necessary treatment. (Source: Alcohol Rehab Help)
Athletes have a high risk of abusing alcohol for several reasons. For example, to:
- Cope with Mental Illness
- Deal with Emotional Pressure
- Deal with Early-Age Retirement
- Face Peer Pressure
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