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Depressed? Good News Research: Booze Doesn’t Cause the Blues

on 16/09/13 at 9:16 am

Booze News

imagesThe long-held belief that alcohol causes depression has been debunked by researchers in Perth.

Professor Osvaldo Almeida, of The University of Western Australia’s School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, says there is a widely-held assumption that alcohol caused people to become depressed, particularly if consumed excessively.

“Even one of the diagnoses we have for depressive disorders – Substance Induced Mood Disorder – is a diagnosis where alcohol plays a role,” Prof Almeida said.

But it was difficult to be entirely certain that the relationship was causal, he said.

The association observed between alcohol and depression was likely explained by other factors, but not by alcohol itself.