The more symptoms that are present in a person, the more important it is that they change their habits. Sometimes a change of friends or even workplaces can be required. In some cases, advice from a health professional may be needed to correct a drinking disorder.
If someone has many of the symptoms above, they should discuss how to safely reduce alcohol consumption with their healthcare provider.
Is there a link between bipolar disorder and alcohol consumption?
Substituting alcohol for a healthier and calming habit is suggested.
Both bipolar disorder and alcohol consumption cause changes in a person’s brain. Alcohol itself is both a depressant and a sedative, which is why many people use it to relax.
For people with bipolar disorder who are having a depressive episode, this is a problem. Alcohol consumption acts on the same brain regions as many depressant medications and may cause similar symptoms as depression.
That is not where the links stop, however. One study concluded that people with bipolar disorder are more likely to have episodes if they drink, no matter how much alcohol they have. This long-term study found a direct link between alcohol consumption and the rate of manic or depressive episodes, even though participants drank a relatively small amount of alcohol.
It is best for people to avoid alcohol if they or a loved one has bipolar disorder.
ALTERNATIVES TO ALCOHOL
As alcohol is seen by many as a relaxing way to end the day, it is important to replace the habit with something that is just as effective. A similar calming effect can be obtained through physical exertion, such as walking around the neighborhood or going to the gym.
Other calming habits include:
Drinking herbal teas such as chamomile
Taking a warm bath
The use of aromatherapy also shows promise in reducing stress levels, blood pressure, and anxiety.
Whichever route is chosen, it is important that the habit of drinking is replaced with a healthier alternative.