People with seasonal affective disorder could be more at risk of becoming alcoholics — here’s why
About 4% of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or winter depression.
People with SAD may also be at a higher risk of becoming alcoholics.
There are both environmental and genetic reasons for this.
Days become a lot shorter, colder, and darker when we enter into late autumn. It gets even worse when the clocks go back an hour on October 29th.
The gloomy weather can make it harder for many people to get out of bed, be social, and exercise enough.
However, for some people it’s more than just feeling a bit demotivated. According to the AAFP, 4-6% of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, which has symptoms such as a persistent low mood, irritability, feelings of despair and worthlessness, lethargy, comfort eating, and weight gain.
The National Health Service website says the most popular theory for SAD is that we don’t get enough sunlight in the autumn and winter months, and this stops the hypothalamus working properly — the part of the brain responsible for hormones.
The brain may produce more melatonin than usual, which is the hormone that makes us feel sleepy. A lack of sunlight may also cause lower levels of serotonin, a happy hormone, meaning you may feel less motivated and energetic.
Many people don’t know they have SAD — or that there are treatments available.
There are treatments for SAD, such as light therapy. However, if people aren’t aware of these, or even the fact they have the disorder, some scientific evidence shows they could be at a higher risk of developing other problems, such as alcohol dependency.
One study from 2017, published in the journal European Psychiatry, looked at the behaviour of 4,880 Finnish participants, and found …read more
Source:: Business Insider