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Alcohol and Depression

Mar 6, 2008
Alcohol is always found present throughout our different cultures and our social occasions have almost become dependant on alcohol. It is common knowledge that drinking moderately won't harm us and some Doctors even recommend a daily glass of red wine, but the trend to drink heavily has increased recently and people are experimenting with alcohol at an ever earlier age.

How does alcohol actually affect our brain? Well alcohol has something in common with most other drugs and this is that it affects our brain and we like it. Unfortunately our system becomes tolerant to small quantities of alcohol, so we start drinking larger quantities to maintain the same effect. The consequence being that we drink more and more to feel the same and there's nothing that is going to stop us from becoming an alcoholic.

Alcohol can also lead to;- 1)Dementia - memory loss, rather like Alzheimer's dementia. 2)Psychosis - long- term drinkers can start to hear voices.

3)Dependence - if you stop drinking, you get withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, nervousness and (sometimes) seeing things that aren't there. 4)Suicide - 40% of men who try to kill themselves have had a long- standing alcohol problem. - 70% of those who succeed in killing themselves have drunk alcohol before doing so.

So what exactly do depression and alcohol have in common? Well, it is quite clear that there is a connection as self affliction and suicide are common factors amongst people who are dependant on alcohol. Evidence also exists that links chemistry changes of the brain with the consumption of alcohol. Another result of drinking is that life becomes depressing, family problems arise, work performance drops and both memory and sexual performance are affected.

Alcohol will also help us in forgetting our problems, although only temporarily. We will feel much more relaxed and more confident when it comes to socializing. It's an ideal tool for chatting and having fun and meeting other people, but once again this effect is only temporary.

Being depressed is not a nice way to feel and people tend just reach out for alcohol as it always seems to be the best option for coping with life. Unfortunately alcohol will just turn into another form of medicine for depression and the only result in to drink more and more and more. So should you feel that the time has come to stop drinking, first just admit that you have a problem with booze. Then look for help and I would recommend that you start taking a look at a blog that is provided by stopdrinkingadvice.org and you will soon see why.
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