Whilst alcohol isn’t seen as something to avoid, the problems we face will always be the reason why alcohol may be something you need to avoid.
Alcohol isn’t always the problem, it’s our handling of our lives that become the problem around alcohol. It also doesn’t cause severe mental illness, but alcohol problems are more common among people who either have a pre-disposition to alcohol or they struggle with mental health problems.
There is evidence to suggest that people who consume high amounts of alcohol are susceptible to increased risks of developing mental health problems. Drinking too much alcohol can be a contributing factor to mental health problems including anxiety and depression.
People may sometimes use alcohol as a pick me up, to help them work through issues around mental health and whilst that may initially work, it is often short-lived. Always look at alcohol in its wider context and look at your lifestyle too, to see if realistically you need to make some changes.
If you deal with depression it is important you understand why you have depression. What is making you feel depressed? Once you can analyse the reasons for your depression, you will understand more of what you need to do to make those changes.
If you feel you have a problem with alcohol, the following organisations can help.
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Alcohol concern
- Turning Point
- Family Groups Action on Addiction