No matter how happy or jovial alcohol may seem to make some people, alcohol is actually a very powerful depressant. It may seem to lift your spirits in times of celebration or if you turn to drinking when you are feeling low…but it will only contribute to an even worse low once the effects have made their way through your system.
The irony of the relationship between alcohol and depression is that it only strengthens the effects of depression. Someone who was not suffering from depression and partakes in excessive abuse of alcohol is at risk of falling into a depressive state. As mentioned, alcohol’s role as a depressant is a very fierce factor in just how dangerous it can be in a person’s life.
Alcoholism and depression work together and have a sort of domino effect on the life of the alcoholic. Although drinking may be a clutch for the alcoholic and may seem to soothe whatever internal issues they are dealing with day after day, it is only continuing to contribute to the downfall of the drinker and the strengthening of the alcoholism.
Since alcohol alters the mood and mindset of the person abusing it and triggers a depressive state in many alcoholics, they are almost destined to become less active. They will be less motivated to make the most of their life, as well as lose possible motivation to become well. It then becomes an ongoing cycle that can only be stopped by the cessation of drinking once and for all.