Relations Between Alcohol And Depression

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Part of the dilemma with alcohol, as it affiliates to depression, is that it is hard for anyone to have only one drink! Another notice is that depressed people many times desire to drink their troubles away just to arrive to the next morning that their troubles not only still endure however, it have added a turn for the worse.

The topic of depression and alcohol is one that is enthusiastically debated in many academic circles. Some experts suggest that having one or two drinks a day can lower the risk of heart disease and reduce stress levels. Others suggest that there are better alternatives in the quest to achieve optimal health such as exercise and diet. And still others are somewhere in between.

When a person consumes alcohol it is quickly converted into sugar much in the same way foods such as cookies, cakes, rice, and pastas are. The rapid spike in blood sugar (body fuel) may initially make you feel ten feet tall and bulletproof.

Not so fast, the problem with masking depression with alcohol is that what goes up must come down. Carbohydrates when converted by the body to sugar signal an overproduction of insulin. The overproduction of insulin is a defense mechanism designed to neutralize blood sugar levels. For most once the blood sugar high is eliminated their depression returns along with an unsavory friend known as irritability. At this point more alcohol is needed to start the cycle again.

Alcohol and depression it is much equal putting on a mask only to find when you take it off nothing much has changed. Alcohol is a brain depressant that adds insulin output and interferes with several brain cell mechanisms, thus impacting judgment. While alcohol may initially mask depression continued use can lead to alcohol dependency along with a myriad of other risky health terms.


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