Alcohol may give a temporary sense of relief and a feeling of being relaxed. However, problems with depression and alcohol usually occur at the same time instead of relieving, alcohol contributes to the strengthening of depression.
Approximately 40% of alcoholics or people who show suffer from alcohol abuse sumptômes that are close to those of depression. About 5 to 10% of depressive symptoms suffer the consequences of alcohol abuse.
People with depression who start drinking think that alcohol can reduce the effect of depression symptoms they suffer. Unfortunately, this is just the opposite happens. Indeed, the effect of alcohol relief is only temporary and is quickly replaced by the more unpleasant effects such as sleep disturbances, drowsiness, moodiness and irritability. In case of prolonged use, the consequences of alcohol abuse during depression may progress to motor disorders and problems of coordination that may become irreversible. A depressed person suffering from alcoholism can also feel disoriented and lose all his rationality and common sense. In the worst cases of alcoholism and depression, sleepiness is stronger than any desire and may cause drowsiness anywhere and at any time.
Research indicates that people who have experienced problems with alcohol and drink when young or after age 60 are those most likely to suffer from depression. In addition, we consider that alcohol problems occur early in life often cause the one or more phases of depression later in life.
Over the past decade, new research scientists have sought to show what were the consequences of alcohol on the brain during depression. It is now recognized that alcohol has effects on agravant part of the brain that produces symptoms associated with a sad mood, the anxiety, sleep disturbances and loss of appetite during the depression. This is one reason why alcohol can cause depression. To this is added the possible psychological problems related to alcoholism indeed strengthen the link between alcohol and depression.
Alcoholism and depression: a higher risk of suicide
When a person suffers from major depression alcoholic, it has a higher risk of committing a suicide attempt:
Alcohol increases the effects of depression and impulsivity and aggression
Alcohol is often used as a means of suicide by car accident or overdose
Alcohol impairs judgment and disorder, which is why it is often the result of acts of suicide
Major depression and alcohol abuse disorders are most often diagnosed in people who commit a suicide attempt. This is why you should seek help from a doctor or your loved ones to find the treatment that will cure your depression.
What are the signs of alcoholism? depression and alcohol and How to tell if you are an alcoholic or addicted to alcohol?
- You regularly drink to overcome your anger, your frustration, your anxiety or depression
- You drink alcohol regularly to trust you
- You have regularly hangover
- Your drinking affects your relationships with others
- Alcohol makes you angry or give you suicidal thoughts
- You lie on your drinking with your friends and family
- Your friends tell you that you become dull and aggressive when you put your drink.
- You need to drink more to feel good
- You stop some ongoing activities to spend more time drinking alcohol
- You begin to feel anxious in the morning after the night you had to drink
- You get to drink to not feel anxious or distressed
- You start drinking alcohol earlier and earlier in the day
- People feel uncomfortable or embarrassed by your side