Did you know that alcohol is the most commonly used substance to cope with mental health issues? A lot of people don't even realize that they're using alcohol to self-medicate, because drinking seems like a normal response to feeling anxious or down. But while alcohol may provide short-term relief, it ultimately makes things worse in the long run. If you’re not sure if you fall into this category, please, feel free to take our safe and confidential quiz.
This blog post will explore why drinking to cope with anxiety and depression is harmful, and offer some alternative strategies for managing these conditions.
The Harmful Side of Drinking When Dealing with Depression & Anxiety
Many people deal with anxieties and depression at some point in their life. For many, drinking seems like a logical way to cope with those feelings. What is not well known is that alcohol is actually a depressant that can worsen any symptom of depression & anxiety.
Take a look at some other harmful effects:
Alcohol can interfere with medication and make it less effective or cause a dangerous reaction
Drinking excessively can lead to serious health problems, including liver damage, heart disease, and pancreatitis
Drinking to cope with depression & anxiety is harmful and can lead to addiction
Changes in brain function
Alcohol abuse can make symptoms of mental health disorders worse, and it can be difficult to break the cycle of addiction without help from a professional. Drinking makes depression and anxiety symptoms worse by acting as both an anxiolytic - making you feel calmer but unable to function normally afterwards-and a sedative; this means someone who has been drinking will likely go into withdrawal if they stop entirely without treatment. Alcoholism does not just affect people's brains - alcohol also damages other parts in your body too! When you abuse alcohol long term this damage gets worse over time which means that recovery from an addiction will take longer than if no one was suffering from any issues at all due solely because there are so many different organs involved.