Most people are aware that alcohol is a very addictive drug. Indeed, top researcher David Nutt puts the drug next to heroin and crack on his scale of harmful effects. So, it’s reasonably safe to assume that people who consume too much alcohol are headed for disaster. However, a lot of folks don’t realize that the worst effects of booze are often on the mental health of addicts. Sure, it can cause liver problems, but it’s the problems in your head that could start to show through first.

To set the record straight this morning, we’re going to draw your attention towards four ways in which alcohol could have adverse effects on your mental health. Hopefully, that will encourage you to stay away from the substance and look for alternative means of relaxation. There are plenty of them around. You just need to use your head.

  • Alcohol increases depression

If you are the type of person who feels down from time to time, alcohol should be the last thing you drink. Not only can it make you irrational and aggressive, but it can also increase the chances of your slipping into a crippling depression. At the end of the day, nobody wants to take SSRI pills for the rest of their life, and nobody wants to spend too much time with psychiatrists. So, kicking the habit today could significantly decrease the likelihood of your mood spiraling out of control.

  • Alcohol increases anxiety

Those of you who suffer from nervousness or anxiety might want to stop drinking too. Alcohol has been proven to increase the prevalence of those issues during a drinking session, and over time. That means you might not even notice the problem has gotten worse until long after you drink alcohol. If you notice negative mental health effects when drinking, you need to get help as soon as possible. There are some fantastic communities designed to be used as temporary accommodation for people in your position. They offer a fresh start to sober living, and that could be what you need to get better. Sometimes getting away from everything can help you to regain your health faster.

 

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PhotographAlcohol increases psychosis

There is no way of working out if someone if prone to psychotic episodes. However, around 20% of the population will suffer one at some point in their lives, and many of them will be alcohol-related. Being off your head all the time can help to blur the lines between reality and your imagination. If that frequently happens, the chances of a psychotic episode could more than double.

  • Alcohol makes obsessive compulsive disorder worse

A recent survey carried out by people with OCD found that alcohol made their condition significantly worse. If you’re the type of person who has to wash their hands ten times before leaving the bathroom, getting drunk is not going to sit well with your brain. Anyone with that condition should seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Just make sure you stay off the booze!

As you can see from all that information, alcohol can be incredibly bad for your mental health. If you’d like to know more, or you need some support, you should visit your doctor. There might be anonymous meetings in your local area where you can discuss alcoholism at length with people in the same situation. Admitting you have a problem is the first step.