How Alcohol Interacts With Depression


How Alcohol Interacts With Depression

Chances are you or someone you know has struggled with depression. It is getting more and more common – but a lot of people don’t even realize that they have it. It’s quite common for people with depression to dismiss the symptoms as just having a tough time in like – something that will resolve itself in the future.


Unfortunately, this can often lead to self-medication. People with depression often times have substance abuse issues – with alcohol abuse leading the way. However, how does alcohol interact with depression? Does it actually mask the symptoms, or can it make it worse? Today we will be going over how alcohol interacts with depression.



It Makes It Worse

Not only can alcohol abuse make depression worse, it can actually be the cause of depression in the first place. Studies show that alcohol abuse can directly correlate with depression. It becomes a vicious circle – you’re depressed because of the alcohol abuse, yet you abuse alcohol to mask the depression.

As the vicious circle continues, your depression can become worse. While the alcohol may make you feel better at first, eventually it can start magnifying the symptoms of depression and strengthen the disease. With alcohol being known to inhibit rational thinking, this can lead to a slew of problems such as suicidal tendencies.


Becoming Dependant On The Substance 

Unfortunately, self-medicating with alcohol seems to be a common remedy for people with mental illnesses – and that includes depression. By trying to numb the pain by drinking alcohol, you will slowly but surely become dependant on the substance.

Alcohol isn’t just a mental addiction – it’s a physical addiction as well. Before you know it, your body can become dependant on alcohol and cause withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop. These withdrawal symptoms can cause the depression to become much worse, which means that users may turn back to the drink.


It May Lead To Other Substances

We stated earlier that alcohol can inhibit rational decisions. The issue with alcohol is it’s very easy to say ‘yes’ to other things when you are under the influence. This can lead to the user abusing other substances in order to self-medicate their depression.

At some point, when alcohol stops making you feel better, you will want to try anything that will help make you feel better. While these drugs may mask the symptoms, you may very well be slowly killing your body with these substances and creating new dependencies.


Many Americans are suffering from depression. Unfortunately, there still seems to be a stigma associated with it that causes many people to stay silent about their issues. This can lead to self-medicating with the easiest thing to get their hands on – alcohol. Unfortunately, alcohol can make the disease worse or cause dependencies to the drug or other substances. If you need someone to talk to, Holy Cross Counseling is listening.

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