Co-occurring alcohol use disorder and mental health
It’s not uncommon for someone who has one mental health disorder to also be living with another. For example, people will often experience both depression and anxiety at the same time, and the symptoms of these disorders can be difficult to manage together.
The same is true of alcohol use disorder and other mental health disorders, like depression or bipolar disorder. Someone who is dependent on alcohol is up to six times more likely to develop a mental health disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder.
The challenge of having both alcohol and other mental health disorders is that they feed into each other. Often people will turn to alcohol as a coping method when they’re going through a rough patch due to another mental health disorder, but alcohol’s effect on someone’s body, hormones, and behavior can worsen their mental health symptoms.
If you’re worried about how your drinking habits might be impacting your mood, try some of these tips to cut back or cut out alcohol.
To cut out alcohol:
To cut back on drinking:
If you can’t seem to cut back or cut our alcohol, it might be time to seek out professional help.
It’s really key that someone who has a co-occurrence of these disorders get help for both simultaneously, or recovery will be much more challenging. If you think you or a loved one might have a substance use disorder or a mental health disorder, take a mental health screening to get insight:
Get a checkup, from your neck up.