Mental Health And Alcohol Abuse
  • Mental health issues not only arise from drinking too much alcohol. They can also compel individuals to drink too much.

    There is some evidence linking light drinking with better health in some adults. Between 1 and 3 units daily have been found to help protect us from heart disease, dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease, and a small glass of red wine daily may reduce risk of stroke in women.
    There is a lot more evidence showing that drinking excessive alcohol results in serious physical and psychological illnesses.
    Stated very simply, a major reason for drinking alcohol is to change our mood - or change our mental state. Alcohol can temporarily alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression; it can also help to temporarily relieve the symptoms of more serious mental health problems.
    alcohol help are more common among individuals with more severe mental health issues. This does not necessarily mean that alcohol provokes severe mental illness.
    Evidence demonstrates that individuals who consume high amounts of alcohol are vulnerable to higher levels of mental ill health and it can be a contributory factor in some mental disorders , such as depression.
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    How does drinking affect our moods and mental health?

    When we have alcohol in our blood, our mood changes, and our behaviour then even changes. How these change depends on how much we drink and how quickly we drink it. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system, and this can make us less inhibited in our behaviour. It can also help 'numb' our emotions, so we can avoid difficult issues in our lives.
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    Alcohol can even reveal or magnify our underlying feelings. When drinking, this is one of the reasons that many individuals become angry or aggressive. If our underlying feelings are of unhappiness, anxiety or anger, then alcohol can magnify them.
    What about the after-effects?

    One of the main conditions associated with using alcohol to deal with anxiety and depression is that individuals may feel much worse when the effects have worn off. Alcohol is thought to use up and reduce the amount of neurotransmitters in the brain, but the brain needs a certain level of neurotransmitters needs to ward off anxiety and depression. This can lead some individuals to drink more, to ward off these difficult feelings, and a dangerous cycle of dependence can develop.

    Alcohol issues are more common among individuals with more severe mental health issues. If drinks underlying feelings are of anxiety, unhappiness or anger, then alcohol can magnify them.
    One of the main conditions connected with using alcohol to deal with anxiety and depression is that individuals may feel much worse when the effects have worn off. Alcohol is thought to use up and reduce the amount of neurotransmitters in the brain, but the brain needs a certain level of neurotransmitters needs to ward off anxiety and depression.

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