The relationship between alcoholism and anger is legend. Alcohol abuse can instill a false sense of grandiosity, power, and superiority that often results in angry outbursts. Being at the wrong end of these outbursts can be very painful, as many loved ones of alcoholics can attest to. Alcohol seems to steal away the person you know and replace him or her with a nasty facsimile, bent on hurting you emotionally or even physically.
So, why are alcoholics so mean to the ones they love anyway? What is it about consuming alcoholic beverages that stokes such wrath? While it is very hard to not take these angry outbursts personally, it does help to see the bigger picture. Think about bar brawls—alcohol and anger seem to go hand in hand. The alcoholic becomes desensitized to his or her own obnoxiousness, with decreased inhibitions and a penchant for loud, abrasive rantings.
Interestingly, not all alcoholics are prone to this anger. Some are quite docile, drinking in isolation until they pass out, meaning no harm to anyone. But individuals who have difficulty controlling anger when sober are easily triggered after downing a few drinks; with poorly developed anger management skills shining ever brighter the more they drink.