Alcohol and your Psychological Wellbeing

Most people use alcohol sensibly and it can be an enjoyable and positive part of peoples lives.
However at times, some people may use alcohol to help deal with the symptoms associated with anxiety and depression.

This can become problematic and can quickly make things worse.

Your drinking may be becoming a problem if…

  • You drink more to cope with anger, frustration, anxiety or depression
  • Your drinking affects your relationships with other people
  • Your drinking makes you feel gloomy, aggressive or makes you think about harming yourself
  • You stop doing things that you used to and spend more time drinking
  • You feel shaky/anxious the morning after drinking the night before

Alcohol tends to be a poor long term solution to managing anxiety and depression and can often be a barrier to people getting effective treatment. It is usually best to cut down or stop drinking for a period of time as part of a plan to address your anxiety and depression.

Inclusion Matters Wirral recognise that anxiety/depression and alcohol use can often occur together. As such we will want to ask some questions about your drinking to understand whether it may be a complicating factor.

Self help and finding out more...

'Alcohol & You' is a short self-help / information booklet that can help you to understand your drinking patterns and suggests what steps can be taken if you are concerned about your drinking.

Try these alcohol / health-related websites to assess your own alcohol use, make your own plan to cut down or just get further information.

Stopping or cutting down...

Some people can stop suddenly without problems. Others may have withdrawal symptoms which range from mild to moderate withdrawals such as shakiness, sweating, cravings and restlessness to more severe withdrawals including seizures and hallucinations. If you are concerned about the risk of withdrawals ask your GP for help.

Accessing Talking Therapies in Wirral

If you feel that you have anxiety and/or depression and that alcohol may be a complicating factor, please talk to your GP about a referral to our service. You might find it helpful to complete our short Anxiety and Depression Questionnaires in addition to the Alcohol (AUDIT) Questionnaire and take these along to your consultation.

We operate from GP Practices and other community locations across Wirral, so we're able to provide support near to where you live. See our Location Matters section to find the nearest GP Practice or venue to you.

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