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Linwood Group Reveal Whether There is a Link Between Alcohol and Depression
Date:3/28/2010

The Linwood Group examine the ups and downs of drinking and ask is there a link between alcohol and depression?

(PRWEB) March 28, 2010 -- Statistics prove the link between alcohol and depression reveal the Linwood Group. In the past, many in the medical profession have tended to view alcohol and depression as separate issues. However increasingly, research is showing that they are indeed strongly related to one another. In fact, after surveying over 14,000 people with early onset symptoms of both depression and alcohol dependence it was found that: "the relationship between depression and alcohol is quite strong, especially among women. When women experience symptoms of depression, they are at increased risk for alcohol dependence subsequently." This link is of increasing importance, given the fact that nearly twice as many women (12 percent) as men (7 percent) are affected by a depressive illness each year and that at some point during their lives, as many as 20 percent of women have at least one episode of depression that should be treated.

So is depression triggered by drinking alcohol, or do people turn to drinking once they begin to feel depressed? Sue Allchurch, director of Linwood Manor Group, explains further: "As is well documented, alcohol is a depressant and a person who chooses to drink to excess on a regular basis will be exposing themselves to the continued depressive effects of alcohol. However there are many factors that can trigger both alcohol dependence and depression, including how a person chooses to ‘self-medicate' to cope with the stresses in their life, chemical imbalances in their body, the environment they live in and whether they have a family
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