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Becoming Alcohol Aware is Good for Your Mental Health

Alcohol Awareness Month

Maureen Iselin

April 14, 2019


Each April, the United States recognizes Alcohol Awareness Month, a public health program organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Through nationwide education and awareness efforts, this is a time each year for the country to come together to help reduce the stigma associated with alcohol addiction. 

While most people view alcohol consumption as a way to relax or socialize, some people become dependent on alcohol as a way of dealing with feelings of anxiety or depression. In addition, research shows that alcohol alters the serotonin levels in the brain, which are used to regulate mood. Imbalances in serotonin are believed to cause certain mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. 1

In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, alcohol addiction is in fact a mental illness. 2 Currently, it is estimated that nearly one in every 12 adults, or 17.6 million people, live with an alcohol use disorder or alcohol dependence. 3  However, it’s important to highlight that help and recovery are available to those who are struggling. To find alcohol-specific resources near you, visit www.niaaa.nih.gov. To learn more about mental illness, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net.

1. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/alcohol-use-and-abuse-what-you-should-know
2. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/substance-use-and-mental-health/index.shtml
3.https://www.facingaddiction.org/resources/alcohol-awareness-month





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