Alcohol and mental health
While alcohol can have a very temporary positive impact on your mood, in the long term it can cause big problems for yourmental health. Alcohol can lead to several health conditions, including depression and memory loss.
Alcohol can increase anxiety
Unfortunately, reaching for a drink won’t always have the effect you’re after. While a glass of wine after a hard day might help you relax, in the long run it can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety and make stress harder to deal with. This is because regular, heavy drinking interferes with neurotransmitters in our brains that are needed for good mental health.
- When you drink, your perception of a situation narrows and you don’t always respond to all the cues around you.
- If you’re prone to anxiety and notice something that could be interpreted as threatening in the environment,you could hone in on that and miss other less threatening or neutral information.
- For example, you might focus on your partner talking to someone you’re jealous of, rather than notice all the other people they’ve been chatting to that evening.