We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is an Alcoholic Relapse?

Laura M. Sands
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

An alcoholic relapse occurs the moment a person in alcohol recovery drinks an alcoholic beverage. Relapse can include the otherwise minor act of taking a single swallow of alcohol after entering a period of alcohol detoxification or may include a major incident involving binge drinking. Alcoholic relapse is a serious condition for individuals with a history of alcohol abuse and may occur many times despite a person’s commitment to stop drinking.

Alcoholism is a life-altering disease that affects the individual drinker, as well as friends, family members and others sharing an environment with an alcoholic. Not only does alcoholism involve impaired judgment, but it is a leading cause of traffic accidents, domestic abuse and physical health threats such as liver cirrhosis and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. As individuals afflicted with alcoholism realize the damage that alcohol abuse causes to their lives and to the lives of others, many voluntarily begin a process of alcohol recovery. The most important step in this process is the strict avoidance of alcohol. When alcoholic relapse occurs, however, a person is once again at risk for all of the perils they sought to escape with recovery.

The causes of alcoholism may also cause an alcoholic relapse. Some of these causes include emotional stress, an attempt to solve sleep disorders and social triggers, such as being in an environment where others are drinking and the craving for alcohol is, once again, ignited. Despite a person’s will to not engage in drinking, triggers such as these are often too strong to avoid and may cause alcoholic relapse.

Alcoholism and binge drinking are also closely related in that this type of drinking often begins during a person’s teen or young adult years and quickly develops into teenage alcoholism or adult alcoholism. Mostly, this condition begins through association with others who are also binge drinking. Even after recovery from this condition, which often includes alcoholism counseling, many fall victim to alcoholic relapse when placed in situations similar to the ones that prompted their alcoholism and binge drinking to begin with.

Experts in treating alcoholism find that alcoholic relapse is a common occurrence. Many will start, stop and restart alcohol recovery several times, even while engaging in direct treatment for alcohol. The process of attempting alcohol detoxification may even contribute to the cause of alcoholic relapse, as the physical impact of abstaining from alcohol, such as body tremors, nausea and vomiting, often become too great for a person during the withdrawal phase.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Laura M. Sands
By Laura M. Sands
Laura Sands, the founder of a publishing company, brings her passion for writing and her expertise in digital publishing to her work. With a background in social sciences and extensive online work experience, she crafts compelling copy and content across various platforms. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a skilled contributor to any content creation team.
Discussion Comments
Laura M. Sands
Laura M. Sands
Laura Sands, the founder of a publishing company, brings her passion for writing and her expertise in digital publishing...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.