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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

21 December: Alcohol and Depression

Most of us look forward to Christmas but for people living with mental illness it can be a very challenging time of year. Many feel lonely and isolated from family and friends and others may be anxious about social situations or have worries about money problems or debt.

Each day leading up to Christmas we’re highlighting a different mental health resource from our site, which we hope will provide help and support not just for now, but throughout 2018 and beyond.

For 21 December we’ve chosen our information about alcohol and depression.  If you're depressed and lacking in energy, it can be tempting to use alcohol to help you keep going and cope with life. The problem is that it's easy to slip into drinking regularly, using it like a medication. The benefits soon wear off and the drinking becomes part of a routine. Our information about alcohol and depression is for anyone who feels depressed and thinks they may be drinking too much and friends, family or colleagues of anyone who is both depressed and drinking.




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