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Alcohol and Depression

Uncontrollable drinking and use of alcohol can turn in to an alcohol disorder which can cause many problems and side effects for the individual, an example would be depression. Is alcohol consumption is not controlled and is turned in a disorder; there are some symptoms that can be seen in the person.

  • Unnecessary amount of time spent drinking
  • Undeniable alcohol cravings
  • Ignoring the concerns of others and sacrificing everything for alcohol


Depression is a serious condition causing the person to feel sadness beyond the point of their control which can cause react to in various yet dangerous and serious ways. This mental illness has caused an economic disaster due the high rate of suicide and expenses cause by this illness. Depression can affect a person’s life in many ways, socially, mentally, physically and economically. People with depression tend to increase their usage of alcohol and drug substances which can cause issues with friends and family along with workplace.

Unfortunately, depression symptoms are mostly developed in a person’s late 20’s, mostly among the female gender. These symptoms are:

  • Sadness and suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling fatigue and guilty all the time
  • Losing interest in activities
  • Feeling worthless
  • Concentrating on problems

Depression can be cause of many things, for example, one of the most common reasons is inheritance. Usually families with history of mental illness are in higher risk of developing depression. Personality is another important factor that can cause depression. Some people are more pessimistic by nature which can develop in to depression and finally environment has massive effect on people’s mental condition. With all being said none of the conditions and symptoms necessarily result in depression.


People battling with depression find alcohol as a reliever of their pain. While alcohol may temporarily reduce the stress and effect of depression, in a long term period it can destroy and effect one’s relationship with other, health and work ethics in negative ways; not to mention that most importantly their depression also worsens with alcohol abuse.   

Many people suffering from depression also suffer from addiction which is why AUD is mostly common between them.

People who are genetically more vulnerable and affected by alcohol and drugs, often feel depressed experiencing hangover which results them in to using drugs and alcohol again and causing a cycle. People who are prescribed antidepressants can cause the pills to be less effective.


The chances of alcohol abuse leading to depression is higher than the reverse although in many cases once alcohol consumption is stopped, depression will also decrease and almost disappear although it is strongly advised that the process should be under control by the doctor in order to decrease any risk of further issues regarding the patient’s health. Based on many researches by NIAAA and Addiction the symptoms and risks of depression caused by alcohol abuse is far more major and savior than the other way around.


One of the ways to treat depression is using antidepressants. Antidepressants are prescribed by the doctor for several month and are hardly ever addictive. While they reduce the symptoms and effects of depression, they do not completely cure it. It is advised that while the pills turn the chemical balance of the brain back to normal, the patient goes to talk therapy.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a great therapy working behavior and thinking which is proved to be affective in curing both alcohol disorder and depression. This technique teaches patients how to cope with challenges  in life relying on things other than alcohol, it also help them to plan ahead of time about how to react to problems that may occur. Most clinics use this technique to cure AUD and depression and alcohol disorder at the same time due to its best results.


In case of drug and alcohol abuse look for Professional help and in case of suicide call 911.

Keep in mind that it is best to seek professional help if the symptoms lasted for a long time.

If your loved one is struggling with Mental Health illness, we are here to help. Reach out to Kelburn Recovery Centre by calling +1 (855) 857 6768 or +1 (204) 275 2111.

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