There has been increasing talk about the possible repercussions of consuming alcohol. Some countries have even gone to the extent of strictly regulating the sale to avoid the resulting dangers. One of the foremost arguments put forward is the negative relationship between alcohol and mental health.
From all the available empirical data, studies have suggested there might be minimal, or none advantages whatsoever of drinking. In fact, alcohol intoxication is not only harmful to the individual but for the third party as well. This is viable from the several secondhand cases of domestic abuse and other criminal activities.
But let us consider alcohol and mental health for the time being.
In new Canadian research, quitting is favorable in boosting the mental wellbeing of the person. It is known to be far better than reducing the amount to a moderate level. It is important to note that studies had previously validated the latter concern. However, the recent findings would suggest otherwise.
What does the study tell us about Alcohol and Mental Health?
The purpose of the new study was to find the probable relationship between alcohol and mental health. For that matter, the Canadian scientists looked into the data of three types of individual groups. One that comprised of people who completely abstained from drinking.
On the other hand, the second group constituted members who drank moderately. According to official US health guidelines, moderate drinking is described as 1 drink for women and 2 for men. While those who exceeded the said amount were categorized into the third group: heavy alcohol drinkers.
The data was collected from participants who belonged to two different countries: the USA and Hong Kong. Collectively, around 42, 000 participants volunteered for the study. After considering demographic index, BMI, and drinking level, the score was documented for the mental status.
Once, the findings were published, the results showed an inverse relationship between alcohol and mental health for the first group. In a way that meant, complete abstinence from drinking had a positive impact on mental health.
Individuals from the group reported less piling stress with low instances of anxiety and depression. They felt more content with their life once they proceeded with the quitting phase.
On the contrary, heavy drinkers found themselves more prone to deteriorating mental health. Surprisingly enough, findings also showed the trend to be true for those who practiced moderate drinking.
Lastly, the link between alcohol and mental health was more profound for women than men.
The benefit of “complete abstinence”
If there is one assertion, the study has validated that is quitting can be much more advantageous. Alcohol and mental health do have a relationship which needs to be accounted for.
While moderate consumption seems like a ‘healthy incentive,’ the reality might somewhat be different. Critics have however argued that health authorities should modify the definition of moderate drinking. Currently, it is categorized as one drink per day but there are certain questions that arise.
One English study reported that drinking 3-4 glasses a week may not be as dangerous. However, some medical scientist has argued against the proposition.
For improved mental wellbeing, saying NO to alcohol seems the right way out!