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3 Ways Drinking Can Damage Your Mental Health

3 Ways Drinking Can Damage Your Mental Health

What happens to me if I drink too much? Drinking too much is often correlated with alcoholism, which is a disease that affects millions of Americans. What does alcoholism do to me? People know about how alcohol affects people's physical health. But do you know how drinking impacts your mental health? Click here to learn more about how you can stop out of control drinking.

Alcohol Consumption Can Cause Depression3 Ways Drinking Can Damage Your Mental Health

A new study published in the Journal of Alcohol and Drugs shows that, rather than helping with sadness and depression, alcohol intake actually leads to depressive symptoms among heavy drinkers. Though some experts know that alcohol abuse can lead to temporary depression, which is called "substance-induced depression," this study shows that there can be severe long-term effects as well. "I don’t know that the average person realizes that heavy drinking can induce mood problems," said the lead researcher, Marc A. Schuckit, M.D., of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He added that substance-induced depression must be approached and treated much differently than depression that is not accompanied by alcohol abuse. Click here to learn more about the connection between alcohol and depression. 

Drinking Can Damage Your Brain

A new study conducted by The Scripps Research Institute suggests that even intermittent binge-drinking can severely impair the brain's ability to control alcohol intake. The study, which focused on rats given varying amounts of alcohol, showed that even after only a few months of intermittent binge drinking the rats had difficulty controlling the amount they drank. Olivier George, the lead author of the study, said "We suspect that this very early adaptation of the brain to intermittent alcohol use helps drive the transition from ordinary social drinking to binge drinking and dependence."

Alcoholism Leads to PTSD

New research has shown that excessive drinking can actually rewire the brain. The effect is so strong that drinking can actually lead to or contribute to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The studies were conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and involved groups of mice, one of which was given large doses of alcohol. The study leads to the conclusion that those drinking too much-like alcoholics-may be further aggravating emotional issues that might have led to drinking in the first place.

How Can I Beat Out of Control Drinking?

How can I stop drinking so much? Alcoholism impacts peoples' lives in terrible ways. But the good news is that you don't have to let it control you. How do I beat alcoholism? Call Retreat at Lancaster County to learn more about how our PA rehab center can help you get clean. We're conveniently located close to OH, PA, NJ, NY, MD, DE, and CT. Click here to learn more about our alcohol rehab programs.

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