Asside from my obvious love of all things literary and art, I have also endured a far less favourable obsession throughout my life. My addiction to alcohol.
I very rarely speak of my love/hate relationship with alcohol but in this post I explain how my addiction has affected my life and more importantly depression.
There is much debate whether or not alcohol causes depression, or if depression causes alcoholism. Whatever the discussion may be, there is one thing most scientists and researchers agree upon – and that’s the connection between the use of alcohol and depression.
I recently read a post which explains this much better than I can could. In the post Andy from alcoholism solutions describes how the combination of zoloft and alcohol could infact be a very dangerous due.
It can go both ways: people who are depressed drink alcohol to feel better, and people who drink too much will eventually feel terrible about themselves.
Alcohol, in and of itself, is a depressant. People drink to celebrate, to socialise, and some, to feel better after a long day’s work or to relieve stress and anxiety. It has the ability to make people feel relaxed, more confident, and it generally lifts their mood. However, when too much is consumed, that’s where the problems begin.
Though drinking alcohol initially will calm you down, it will get to the point that it interferes with your hormones and neurotransmitters that you begin to act beyond the norm. You are more impulsive, aggressive, and even violent due to alcohol’s ability to reduce inhibition.
When this happens, you are more impulsive and more inclined to make rash decisions. This includes draining out your bank account to buy something ridiculously expensive, confronting your boss, or even engaging in random, casual sex. These behaviors can lead you to feel down, and eventually, depressed.
And what’s worse, is when you have a predisposition to depression, it heightens your risk of developing this mood disorder. Alcohol per se does not cause depression but it enhances your feelings of sadness, and increases your susceptibility to an inherent condition that could be avoided.
Alcohol and Depression: Its Effects on Your Family and Friends
The very first people who are affected when you develop depression through the use of alcohol are your family and friends. A shift in your behavior can include: lashing out on people for no apparent reason, being more aggressive in terms of your sexuality, making bad decisions, and basically a complete change in your lifestyle.
When alcohol disrupts your daily routine such as going to work and getting along with your family and friends, then alcohol is taking over your life.
Drinking more and more in the hopes of alcohol relieving your feelings of sadness can lead to you to become frustrated as you soon develop a tolerance for alcohol’s initial effects of relaxation. When it doesn’t make you feel better anymore, you tend to drink more and more – leading to more feelings of doom and starting the vicious cycle of depression and alcoholism.
The Warning Signs
If you or someone you know displays the following warning signs, then you or your loved on is at risk for alcohol-related depression:
>drinking to cope with menial everyday problems>drinking early in the morning everyday for at least a month
>alcohol is causing you or the person you know to be angry and violent>you or someone you know hides the amount you/he/she drinks from family and friends
>you stop doing your hobbies and passions so you can make time to drink>you feel anxious and shaky the morning after you drink>you need to have a drink or two to be able to get out of bed, go to work, school, or do just about anything
If you or anyone you know shows any of these signs, then you or that person is showing signs of alcohol-related depression. When feelings of sadness and gloom are accompanied by alcohol, your condition is heightened and a terrible cycle is started.
Realising you or your loved one has a problem is the very first step. Seek help immediately before it’s too late.
For more information please read andy’s post alcoholism-solutions.com he inspired this post and gave me the courage to write about my illness.