During difficult times in life, people sometimes turn to alcohol or other drugs to help them cope. But alcohol and drug use can also damage your mental health. For the average Irish drinker, reducing the amount of alcohol you drink will have a positive impact on your health and mental wellbeing.
Signs that alcohol use is becoming a serious problem include:
Becoming dependent and needing alcohol to function.
Allowing alcohol to affect your relationships, work or family life.
How much is too much?
Visit www.drugs.ie for information on how to recognise when someone is drinking too much.
Alcohol/ drugs and mental health
There is a strong link between alcohol/ drug misuse and mental health problems. Alcohol and drugs can make you feel worse if you have mental health problems such as depression or anxiety. They can also lead to mental health problems that did not appear before.
Find supports and services:
Provides drug and alcohol information and support, including a free and confidential live help chat service and a national directory of treatment services.
Dual Diagnosis Ireland
Information for people affected by dual diagnosis issues (when someone has an addiction problem and a mental health problem).
HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline
This confidential service has both a free phone helpline (1800 459 459) and an email support service (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Helpline provides support, information, guidance and referral to anyone with a question or concern related to drug and alcohol use and/or HIV and sexual health.