September 13, 2010

Alco-fuelled blues, violence and despair

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:01 am by Margi Macdonald

After a weekend which saw a nationwide police blitz on alcohol-induced misbehaviour, today we learn that 7% of people in a group of 600 Australians ‘drink [ alcohol ] to feel normal’. *

The major reason people overdo alcohol consumption is to mask the darkness and despair of depression and other difficult emotional states.

There are safer, life-affirming ways to restore joy and equanimity, rather than self-medicating with alcohol, a substance which used often and excessively, destroys mental health and generates nasty longterm physical disorders.

You can start here, at Beyond Blue, an Australian initiative.

Australians who are struggling can also call Lifeline:  13 11 14

Your family doctor can help.

There are also well-established acupuncture protocols which help people through drug and alcohol withdrawal.

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Cautions and Care: This article is for information only, and is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment. If you have concerns about your emotional, mental or physical health, or that of another, you must visit an appropriately qualified and experienced health professional.

* Source: Australians drinking to mask depression: research

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