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Seasonal Affective Disorder and Alcohol

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression which usually occurs during the winter months.  If you are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, you might be better off to avoid alcohol.  Even a little alcohol could affect your SAD symptoms and make them worse. Symptoms can get worse if they are left untreated and if substance abuse is added.

While most people can drink a glass of wine or have a cocktail in the evening, those who struggle from seasonal affective disorder may have a different experience.  There are many reasons that alcohol can create problems for seasonal affective disorder sufferers.  Foremost, it could be dangerous with the medications they are taking.  Second, alcohol is a depressant and this can make depression and anxiety worse.  A person’s judgment and inhibitions can also be affected by alcohol.  It can have a negative impact on their quality of sleep and can also worsen health problems.  Therefore, those that suffer from seasonal affective disorder will find it more difficult to manage SAD if they are consuming alcohol.

Check with your doctor as well, if you are taking¬†medications¬†there is a high¬†probability¬†that you shouldn’t be drinking alcohol while taking them.

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