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Drinking because you're depressed or depressed because you're drinking?

POSTED ON: 09/24/2020

When you're stressed or upset, you may find comfort in a margarita or glass of wine. If you're just drinking alcohol occasionally and not using it as a primary method of drowning out your worries, there's probably no harm in having a drink. But why does alcohol cause major issues for so many people who drink it?

Alcohol is a tricky thing

Many people drink alcohol because it makes them feel relaxed or happy. It may make you feel more comfortable in a group setting, and it may even make you forget about your problems temporarily. But alcohol is actually classified as a depressant.

A link between depression and drinking

According to American Addiction Centers, "alcohol can exacerbate the effects of certain conditions – including anxiety and depression. In some cases, excessive alcohol consumption can even lead to suicidal thoughts or tendencies." 

So no margaritas? How depressing!

Are you drinking because you're depressed or are you depressed because you're drinking? According to many sources, it may be both. A big portion of people with severe depression also have a drinking problem. Apparently the depression often comes first, but the two conditions can impact each other.

Treating both problems is important

Some people convince themselves that drinking is always fine as long as they don't get behind the wheel after. But you have a lot to gain from dealing with alcoholism and mental health concerns. If you or a loved one are feeling depressed or are turning to alcohol in an unhealthy way, you should definitely seek medical attention from someone trained to deal with these tough issues. If you need help monitoring alcohol use, call us about voluntary use of our automobile breathalyzer or portable alcohol device.

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