Licensed Clinical Social Worker, private practitioner
Judith has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse since 1988, She received her Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonweatlh University in 1991 and was licensed as a clinical social worker in 1994. In her private practice, Judith sees adults, families, children and adolescents, and couples. She addresses such issues as substance abuse, depession, anxiety, family discord, couple conflict, poor school performance, and life transitions. Judith believes that within each individual, family, and couple are the resources to change, heal, and thrive. Through the process of psychotherapy, she assists clients to identify and use these resources to gain personal and relational well-being.
Why do people drink to get drunk?
Social worker Judith W. Cousins discusses why people drink to get drunk.
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Host: Why do people drink to get drunk?
Judith W. Cousins: Typically, in my experience when a person drinks to get drunk they are usually adolescent or young adults and they drink to get drunk because number one, that is partly what peers are doing. It s part of the college scene of drinking to get drunk, having playing beer games, doing beer bongs. The purpose is to get drunk and it s really to experience what it's like to be completely wasted or to get completely drunk and to know what that feels like. So, there is a lot of social and peer pressure to do that and that s the primary reason why people drink to get drunk. There is one other reason that comes to mind and that is people drink to get drunk when they are terribly, terribly distressed or unhappy and often, a grief response is, I am going to drink to get wasted or I am going to drink to sort of ablate the thoughts I have that are so troubling to me.