Read more about Alcohol on our website here: https://sj.sunderland.ac.uk/wellbeing/health-promotion/alcohol/
Alcohol can make the symptoms of mental health conditions worse. Sometimes people use alcohol as a way to manage their symptoms, this is known as a ‘coping mechanism’. However, overuse of alcohol can lead to low mood and anxiety and whilst it may offer an immediate feeling of calm, this will fade over time and you may feel worse than before. Using alcohol in this way can mean that the underlying mental health problems aren’t addressed.
If you are taking medication you need to check the enclosed details and check with your GP as drinking alcohol with some medication can have adverse reactions.
If you come to rely on alcohol to manage your mental health problems, that reliance can itself become a problem. Reach out and talk to someone. You can self-refer into our service here: Wellbeing Referral Form. You can also contact your GP to discuss this, find your nearest GP here.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- 0800 9177 650
- email@example.com (email helpline)
Signing up to Togetherall, can also be useful. Togetherall has a really helpful course about Cutting down your drinking. You can do this course in your own time; it is completely free and confidential as well. It can be helpful to do whilst you wait for your appointment with the team.
Togetherall also has a safe and supportive community that you can access anonymously, this offers peer-to-peer emotional support, help or guidance from people who may have been in the same situation as you.