Alcohol and mental health have a complex, reinforcing relationship.
Some people who struggle with mental health might reach for a drink to blot out their feelings. For others, drinking came first and has led to long-term problems in maintaining good mental health. According to Public Health England, 86% of people receiving treatment from alcohol services have co-occurring mental ill health (PHE, 2017) – this is sometimes known clinically as ‘dual diagnosis.’
Drinking heavily can make some mental health conditions, including anxiety, harder to deal with.
Read more about understanding alcohol and mental health here.