How Alcohol Makes Your Depression Symptoms Worse

Alcohol Abuse and DepressionUnsure of the affects alcohol has on you? Maybe you’re downing a few beers after a stressful week at work or after a heart-wrenching break up. You think a few drinks will relax you and make you feel good.

But if you’re suffering from depression, think again before reaching for a drink. Even a small amount of alcohol can have negative effects.

Alcohol has a sedative effect on your brain. While a few beers or glasses of wine can seem to relieve stress and make you feel more relaxed and calm, they can actually put you at an increased risk of depression. Alcohol is a depressant that can cause your problems to seem worse than they actually are and can make you feel even more depressed than before you had a drink.

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Alcohol can also worsen some of your depression symptoms, including thoughts of suicide. Alcohol can enhance the severity and duration of many common depression symptoms, including the following:

In addition, if you are taking antidepressants, alcohol can have a negative interaction with the drugs and further exacerbate your depression symptoms.

Alcohol Abuse and Depression

People who abuse alcohol have the highest rates of depression. Studies have shown that, among people abusing alcohol, somewhere between 30 percent and 50 percent suffer depressive symptoms at any given time.

And it also works the other way. According to WebMD, nearly one-third of people with severe depression abuse alcohol. Research also shows that children who are depressed are more likely to develop problems with alcohol abuse once they reach adolescence.

Alcohol’s Effect on Depression

Alcohol can also affect your body’s functions in a negative way that further exacerbates depression symptoms:

If you are struggling with depression, don’t exacerbate your depression symptoms with alcohol. And if you are struggling with both depression and alcohol abuse, find a dual diagnosis treatment center that can help you make a full recovery from both disorders.

Patrick D. says:

I was afflicted with depression and also am an alcoholic. Without asking for help I believe I would be dead today. I one day had enough of feeling sorry for myself and swallowed my foolish pride and asked for help,as there is plenty of it available. With the help of a few good friends and God, I am pleased and blessed to say I’m happier than I’ve ever been. So to all those that feel helpless, I pray that you get the help you so desperately need. May God bless you.

Yonatan says:

I been taking medicine for anxiety for more then a year I also work in a bar so I see alcohol all the time and I drink a least 3 times a week the next day I usually feel depressed and with anxiety what should I do?