Alcohol can provide a temporary and a positive impact on our mood, but it can also cause major problems for our mental health during the long-term. It has connections with a number of issues ranging from depression, memory loss to suicide.
Our brain relies on a delicate balance of chemicals and processes. Alcohol contains some substances which decrease neuronal activities, which changes our mood, sensation and reaction.
The chemicals assist in transporting biochemical impulses between nerves in the brain called 'neurotransmitters' are what it partly boils down to.
When you have the first bottle or glass of an alcoholic beverage, the biochemicals in your brain get altered to produce a calming effect. Drinking can cause some people to become less anxious and some people to become more confident. The transmission of neurons in our brain is only being affected at this point.
The effect of alcohol on the brain increases with every drink. Regardless of the mood you have when you begin consuming alcohol it is essential for you to understand that with the increase in the consumption you are in all likelihood not going to notice the pleasurable feelings increasing because it is possible that a negative emotional response will take over. Alcohol has also been linked to aggression and therefore you could become aggressive, angry, anxious or depressed.
The feeling you chase after by drinking may in fact never come.
Strong wine can increase the troubles of the mind especially when you don't except it, even though it made you feel happy have the first glass. Excessive abuse of alcohol affects our brain chemistry which is needed for proper physiological stability.
When we consume alcohol, we develop the habit of narrowing our perception of a situation and refrain from responding to all the cues around us. If we are prone to anxiety and come across something, which can be interpreted as threatening within the environment, we are likely to overlook the situation along with the other neutral information. A case of ignoring all other people that our partner has discussed with all day to concentrate on their chat with the person we envy is an example.
Symptoms of depression usually set in at some point in people who regularly drink heavily. It is simply the brain chemistry which is beginning to react. The volume of serotonin, which is a chemical that manages your body mood, is reduced by constant alcohol consumption.
The probability that a person with depression or anxiety issues is also a heavy drinker is significantly high in Britain. Some were people that tried to cure the noticed depression or anxiety with alcohol. A number of people who began consuming alcohol initially get to know later that it is the root cause of their anxiety.
Close relationships are likely to suffer as a result of heavy drinking. It can also have an impact on your performance at work. These issues are major contributors to the problem of depression.
You may be going into a recurrent problem if you seek to cover your depression or lift your mood with alcohol. Your temporary mental state is being affected by alcohol if you notice the following symptoms:
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Alcohol causes a lowering of inhibitions and can lead a person to do things that they normally wouldn't such as harming themselves or even committing suicide.
More than 50% of people that were admitted in hospitals because they wounded themselves knowingly, based on a data by NHS in Scotland, confessed to drinking alcohol before or during the action. 19% of women and 27% of men confessed that they injured themselves because of alcohol.
FACTS While majority of the people who drink too much are depressed and anxious, majority of those suffering anxiety and depression are alcohol abusers.
Psychosis may occur in people who drink very high amounts of alcohol consistently over an extended period. Psychosis is a mental illness that's characterised by hallucinations and delusions of persecution. Mental disorder also happens when one abruptly quits drinking and begins to lack the capacity to focus due to an acute delirium caused by alcohol poisoning, called 'delirium tremens'.
Immediately after alcohol consumption, the processes within the brain begin to slow down and impair your memory. The brain may cease to add anything in the 'record store' after heavy drinking. This is one of the reasons why you can wake up without any memory about what you said or did or have any recollection of where you were. Heavy drinking can cause damage in the long run due to the effect of alcohol on brain chemistry but the short term loss of memory isn't an indication of damaged brain cells.
Consuming alcohol heavily over an extended pair of time can also have long-term effects on your memory. This may make it difficult to remember recent events even on days when you haven't consumed any alcohol.
FACTS Your mood is negatively influenced by alcohol by altering the balance of substances in your brain.
One of the best ways of keeping your alcohol intake under control is to drink within stipulated government limits. Here are three methods, which can help you cut back:
Dealing with your stress in other ways Rather than reach out for beer or a glass of wine after a long day you should be looking forward to going for a jog, swim or try yoga classes or have a discussion with a friend about your concerns.
Take some days off away from drinking. Tolerance sets in when you drink alcohol regularly. To keep the possibility of addiction low, health professionals recommend not taking alcohol on certain days. Record the favourable effects you will experience when you abstain from alcohol.