The narcissism/alcohol use connection

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2023 | DUI |

Excessive and chronic drinking is often associated with alcohol use disorder. Mental health professionals often examine the connection between alcohol disorders and psychological conditions. Research indicates a potential correlation between alcoholism and narcissistic personality disorder. A person’s alcohol consumption can result in legal complications in Alabama, regardless of the root causes of their substance abuse.

Alcohol problems and narcisscism

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a mental health issue where an individual has an exaggerated sense of self-importance, a constant craving for attention, and a lack of empathy toward others. Those with NPD typically believe they possess exceptional abilities and accomplishments and may take advantage of others. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a condition where a person has a problematic habit of drinking, which causes significant impairment. The inability to regulate or cease drinking is a troubling aspect of AUD.

NPD and AUD may form comorbidity where they co-exist. These two conditions could overlap, and a narcissist may take abuse alcohol because of underlying personal problems or other issues. Persons who abuse alcohol might suffer health and legal consequences when under the influence.

Legal troubles

An impaired narcissist could get into an altercation with someone in a bar leading to criminal charges. Others may get behind the wheel while intoxicated as their grandiose sense of self leads them to believe they can drive. DUI charges may follow. A DUI conviction might result in a permanent criminal record and harm the defendant’s professional and personal life.

An effective DUI defense may challenge the police’s claims. The defense could point to improprieties with the breathalyzer or field sobriety tests. Other cases might involve plea deals and requests for lenient sentencing.