People begin and continue to abuse alcohol for a number of reasons. Most frequently, alcohol fills some perceived need in their lives. This video describes the common reasons why people abuse alcohol, such as low self-esteem, boredom, stress, shyness, and peer pressure. It illustrates how alcoholism progresses from one or two drinks into a chronic drinking problem. It also outlines some of the stages a person may go through in coming to accept there is a problem that requires treatment. Running Length – 10 min.