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The Relation

It is a well-knownfact that people who have been having issues with alcohol consumption for quitesome time are prone to its damaging effects, especially those that are relatedto the serotonin neuro-transmitters. This, however, does not mean that a personin question is going to suffer from anxiety, depression or some similarcondition. What alcohol actually does is contributing to depression andenhancing its overall effect by increasing its intensity, as well as gravity.But with all facts considered, not all people who have swapped an actual livingfriend for alcohol will turn out to become chronically depressed. What is alsoa well-known fact by both, heavy drinkers and those who have a drink onlyoccasionally, is that alcohol itself has a soothing and tranquilizing effect onthe mind of the person in question. Therefore, it is considered as one of thefactors that add up to the development of depression rather than being themain culprit for its development. When we translate this into numbers, it turns out that as much as 40 % of those who drink in greater quantities than normal do experience manifestations that are similar to those characterizing depressionitself. But only as little as 5-10 % of people who suffer fromdepression do exhibit manifestations similar to those characterizing alcoholrelated problems.

Wrong Presumption

It is a rather wrong kind of thinking thatalcohol can ease and solve depression and the related problems, but still, manyof those who suffer from depression do indulge in alcohol exactly out of thisreason. The truth is, however, that the otherwise euphoric feeling that accompanies alcohol consumption is not long-lasting and before you know it, it transformsinto the one of hypersensitivity, irritability and drowsiness. In case, a personwho is a frequent drinker did not have any of the heavy alcohol related issuesin the past, that person is most likely not to fall under the influence ofdepression. What numerous research studies that have been conducted up till this day confirmis that those persons who have had the misfortune of suffering from alcoholrelated issues, and did so before and after turning 60, are those who are most prone todeveloping depression. One other indicator is that, if a person had at one pointof his/her life serious issues with alcohol, he/she is a most likely a candidate for developing depression later on in life.

New Findings

What newestresearch studies have also revealed is the effects that alcohol has on our brain and itsfunctions, as well as to what extent and in what manner our brain gets affectedby conditions such as depression. What is known now is that certain systemsparticipating and responsible for causing a bad mood, improper sleep,anxiety and bad appetite during the bouts of depression, are affected byalcohol as well.

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