Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre

Dual Diagnosis: Alcoholism & Depression

The Relationship Between Abuse & Depression

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is prevalent throughout the United States — in fact, approximately 14.4 million American adults suffered from this condition in 2018.1 Long-term alcohol abuse can lead to serious physical and mental health problems, particularly depression.

Alcohol abuse may exacerbate symptoms of depression, and depressive symptoms may aggravate alcohol abuse — leading to a vicious cycle that can be difficult to break. If you struggle with either of these conditions, help is available through residential treatment, medication, therapy, and other forms of care specially designed for co-occurring AUD and depression. Read the full text here.

Ask for Help: 

Alcohol and Drug Foundation1300 858 584 


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