Alcohol Addiction: Is It a Positive Feedback Loop?

Alcohol addiction is a serious issue that can have a devastating impact on an individual's life. But what is it about alcohol that can lead to addiction? Is it a positive feedback loop?In Jordan Peterson's book 12 Rules for Life, he explains positive feedback loops using a musical reference. A squeak that is often heard when someone is speaking into a microphone or in a band is an example of a positive feedback loop. The microphone (Receiver) sends a signal to the speakers (Control).

The speakers then output the signal (output). The signal can be picked up again through the microphone and, if it's too close or too loud, the signal continues to amplify to a loud tone. This same concept can be applied to alcohol addiction. When someone drinks alcohol, their blood alcohol level rises rapidly. This can be a pleasant experience, and the individual may want to continue drinking in order to maintain this feeling.

This is where the positive feedback loop comes into play. The more alcohol that is consumed, the more the individual will want to drink, resulting in an increased intake of alcohol and an increased risk of addiction. It is important to note that not everyone who drinks alcohol will become addicted. However, those who do become addicted are likely to experience a range of negative consequences, including physical and mental health issues, financial problems, and relationship difficulties. It is therefore essential that individuals who are at risk of developing an addiction seek help as soon as possible. Alcohol addiction is a complex issue and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

However, understanding how positive feedback loops can contribute to addiction can help individuals identify potential warning signs and take steps to prevent or manage their drinking habits.

Blanche Taboada
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