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How does alcoholism relate to depression?

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Often are linked: Alcohol is a depressant both acutely and chronically. That is true both biologically and emotionally. The results of alcolism are well known, but that doesn't make it any easier to see when it is a significant problem in one's life or to get the courage and insight to seek help for it. The longer one ignores the issue and the deeper into the one gets the harder it is to reclaim your life again.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Richard Levenson answered

Specializes in Anxiety Disorders

Depression: Research has shown that people who are depressed may show a preference for alcohol use, while anxious people show a preference for drug use.

Answered 10/24/2017

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Dr. Alan Ali answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Alcohol: Alcohol is in itself a depressant.

Answered 10/29/2012

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DEFINITE RELATIONSHI: There is definitely a relationship between depression and alcoholism. Alcohol is a depressant and often used as a self medicating mode. Want to treat both but clearly need to stop the alcohol.

Answered 3/28/2016

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