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.