Welcome back to My Trich Story. While there are many strategies that help reduce the stress of day to day life, there are some that worsen the affects mental health can have on us. Todays blog topic is a negative coping strategy; alcohol.

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For most college students, alcohol may seem like a run-of-the-mill activity that comes with college. Although this may be true, for those struggling with mental health issues it is a entirely different story.

Alcohol is a depressant. While many think it helps you to relax and “let loose,” it actually does the opposite in the long term. In college, drinking is just a part of the culture, making it hard to not participate or even think about the effects.

Consistently consuming alcohol leads to a reduction in the production of serotonin, the drug that makes you happy. As someone who already has mental health problems and is prone to problems, alcohol is NOT the place to turn.

Many think that having a drink takes a load off and allows them to relax. While sometimes true in the moment, it is not going to be like that for long. From first hand experience I can say that it makes it much worse.

I had my first drink in college as part of an every weekend occurrence on campus. For my first semester of college, or even the second, it was a good stress reliever and an escape from school work.

As time went on and I drank over the summer, it began to make me more emotional rather than happy and fun to be around. Now, only in my second year of college, I am unable to drink without having a complete mental breakdown.

I didn’t want to believe the facts, but it is true. Alcohol IS a depressant and WILL bring your mood down, stress you out more, and just make you miserable in the long run.

Alcohol is not the answer to mental health problems, and one should consider taking a depressant when already being effected by mental health problems.