A new study conducted by medical professionals from the School of Public Health and The State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science of The University of Hong Kong indicates that alcohol can affect human mental health, especially in women.
The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, has been administered on a sample of 10,386 people from Hong Kong on a period of 4 years (between 2009 and 2013). The subjects were either non-drinkers or drank moderately – 14, respectively 7, drinks per week for men, respectively women.
The average age of those involved was of 49 years old, 56% of them being women. 64% of the participating men were non-drinkers at the time of the survey, irrespective of the fact that they had never drunk or quit drinking sometime in the past, while 88% of the women were non-drinkers. It is common practice for medical specialists to suggest drinking moderately to have a healthy lifestyle, but it appears that it might not be such a good idea.
Alcohol Affects Human Mental Health, Especially In Women
Even though a glass of wine is good for relaxing after a hard day, sooner or later it will affect the person’s mental health, in the long run. Compared with the data of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related conditions conducted on 31,079 people, researchers from the University of Hong Kong established that the quality of life of non-drinkers and drinkers differed widely. The people who never drank before in their lives were the happiest and content people surveyed.
The people that sometime in their past enjoyed a drink or two, but in the meantime decided not to drink anymore, became decidedly happier and had better mental health than in the past.
Therefore, drinkers were more likely to be anxious and depressed than non-drinkers. This is because alcohol affects the neurotransmitters negatively in our brains that help us have significant mental health. So, when you want to relax after a long and tiring day, you might want to try other things rather than alcohol.