- There are concrete links between depression, alcoholism and suicide.
- People suffering from depression and depressive disorders such as bipolar disorder are very often found to self-medicate using alcohol or drugs.
- One in four suicide victims were legally drunk when they died.
- Alcohol and depression coexist in 30% to 50% of sufferers of either condition.
- A Harvard study showed that people having signs of alcoholism present had a greater incidence of depression symptoms one year later.
- Using alcohol while taking an antidepressant may be negating the effects of the drug, leading to more depression, not less.
- Mixing alcohol with anti-anxiety medications like Xanax, valium and Librium can worsen depression and lead to overdose, including unintentional death.
- Women are far more likely to suffer depression along with alcohol problems. There are known and unknown reasons for this. Culturally, women feel more pressure to “put on a happy face” so they self-medicate more.
- If you have both conditions, both must be treated. This is basic Whack-A-Mole Theory.
I have twenty years of experience treating alcoholism and related mental health conditions.
If you or a loved one needs help, contact Jeff at (941) 586-0929