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Alcohol Stabilizes Your Mood Similar To Antidepressants



Alcohol acts same way for mood as antidepressants
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Science shows that one glass of wine could actually help stabilize your mood.

Researchers found what many scientists have suggested for years: alcohol affects the same chemical pathways as your common antidepressant.

According to scientists, the effects lasts up to 24 hours, however, despite the findings, alcohol should NEVER be used as a substitute for antidepressants.

While doctors have stated that drinking a glass of wine can help alleviate clinical depressive symptoms, there should be “a fine line between being helpful and harmful”.

The scientist who is being credited for the findings, Professor Kimberly Raab-Graham, gave the following statement on the recent findings.

“Because of the high comorbidity between major depressive disorder and alcoholism there is the widely recognised self-medication hypothesis, suggesting depressed individuals may turn to drinking as a means to treat their depression.”

Ms. Raab-Graham’s experiment was done using animals, mice to be specific. In the experiment, it was found that alcohol followed the same biochemical pathway as rapid antidepressants, which would result in behavioral changes for humans, VICE reports.

Jose Florez is the founder of Mental Daily. His work has appeared in Psychology Today, Glamour, The Huffington Post, among others. He is a mental health advocate, and currently studying psychology.

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