Alcohol is becoming an important part of our society. People of all ages consume it in different form and quantity. People drink alcohol in happiness, sorrow, with friends. Alcohol has an impact on our mental health.
Alcohol effects on both mental and physical health depend on how much and since when you are consuming alcohol? It also depends on Body Resistance, diet, physical activity, age and many other factors. For example, young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who start drinking at age 21.
Effects also depend on the reason we drink and the consequences of excessive drinking are linked with our mental health.
What effect can alcohol have on our mental health?
Most of the people choose to drink alcohol when they are not happy. The reason behind this is alcohol can temporarily alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression and people often use it a form of ‘self-medication’ in an attempt to cheer themselves up or sometimes alcohol help them with sleep. But they have no idea that it can make existing mental health problems worse.
Alcohol problems are more common among people suffering from other mental health problems. Researches show that people who consume high amounts of alcohol are vulnerable to risk of developing mental health problems.
Drinking alcohol alters the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. These chemical messengers transmit signals throughout the body and play a large role in controlling mental behavior and emotions.
Alcohol lowers inhibitions and mental judgment, which could lead a person to engage in risky behaviors such as having fights, unprotected sex or driving a car while drunk. It may increase mood swings.
The Hippo-campus region of brain is also affected that means your ability to create new memories decreases and it also contributes to blackouts and short-term memory lapses while drinking .
Heavy drinking also may speed up memory loss in early old age. It can cause Wet brain. Wet brain is Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, it’s a type of dementia caused by a deficiency of thiamine in the brain. Alcohol affects a person’s absorption of thiamine, and interferes with the enzyme that converts it into a usable form in the body.
While you are high you can burst out emotionally as well. Its ok to consume alcohol sometime in good company but don’t make this everyday habit.