Most people who start the habit of using alcohol as a type of medication believe this is a temporary solution to a temporary problem.
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. This can be a dangerous habit to start because of where it leads you.
Research is starting to show that people who practice this type of behavior are at a much higher risk of eventually developing a dependence on alcohol.
A study showing this relationship was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry. The study was conducted on people who self reported that they drank alcohol as though it were prescribed medication.
Three to four years later those same people were interviewed again. At that time, those same people were much more likely to show signs of an addiction to alcohol.
According to the head of the study, Rosa Crum from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, this shows that people who choose to self medicate with alcohol need to be aware of the potential long-term risks much earlier – when it would be much easier to stop the behavior from becoming a habit that can’t be broken.
Instead of turning to alcohol to handle mood swings, you should focus on finding other ways to cope with your emotions.