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Socialising with friends has been shown to help improve low mood and reduce stress. Alcohol may be part of this, and in small amounts may help people to unwind.

However, larger amounts of alcohol can have a depressant effect which may worsen an already low mood. It is important to understand the effects of alcohol so that socialising can be enjoyed safely.

Sometimes people with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues resort to alcohol to help them deal with their problems. However it can often produce feelings of sadness, anger, or anxiety and intensify the negative feelings it was supposed to conquer. Research presented by drinkware suggests that alcohol is “linked to a range of issues from depression and memory loss to suicide.”

Alcohol can remove inhibitions, distort perspectives, cause impulsive and irrational decision making and predispose to dangerous behaviours/ risk taking. For those experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, alcohol can tip the balance between life and death.

SToRMS believes that we need to raise awareness regarding the risks of alcohol, and the negative impact it can have on our mental wellbeing, and ultimately our safety. This core principle underlines all of our strategies.