When you are looking at your happiness, it is useful to reflect on your drinking. By this I mean to not only look for a pattern of drinking over the course of time but look at your personal happiness at each stage as well. Have you become more unhappy since your consumption of alcohol has increased?
Are You Happy Now?
What a simple question. Is there a simple answer for this? Remember one important fact – alcohol is a depressant. Even those who still feel a jolt of energy when they have a drink or two will eventually come down as alcohol effectively slows down the central nervous system. Prolonged problematic drinking will increase this effect and can cause permanent damage to the central nervous system.
The odds are if you are reading this and you are a heavy drinker, you are not happy. While alcohol may not be the only reason for your happiness, it surely is not helping the situation.
What A Bummer
As mentioned, alcohol is a depressant. From teaching my alcohol awareness classes, and having attended hundreds of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, I can tell you that alcoholism is most definitely a contributing factor to the big D – depression.
No tablet or pill can take away an alcoholic’s depression as it is fueled by extremely negative feelings – anger, guilt, and self-loathing. It is a perpetually revolving vortex of bad feelings, more drinking, and very poor decisions.