Understanding alcohol and mental health
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.