Loading... The emotional effects of alcohol, and the effects of alcohol on mood are often what leads people to enjoy, then hate, drinking. Alcohol can manipulate emotions to feel the full range from being on top of the world to feeling unloved and useless. Alcohol can make sad people happy, happy people sad, quiet people animated, and nervous people relaxed. Because of the effects that alcohol has on mental health, a dual diagnosis addiction treatment program in Florida may be necessary for lasting recovery from alcohol addiction. The Chemical Emotional Effects of Alcohol Not all alcohols are the same. Beer, wine, and liquor each affect the body differently. Also, regular drinking affects the hormone levels of the brain. This can induce emotional swings as the brain chemistry adjusts to rising and lowering alcohol and hormone levels. Alcohol is categorized as a depressant. It indirectly acts on neuroreceptors and neurotransmitters, most commonly serotonin and dopamine - the happy chemical and the rewards chemical, respectively. Being a depressant means that it shuts down inhibitions, which can increase risky behaviors. Lowering inhibitions often results in latent, dormant emotions being brought to the surface. Someone who hits a Friday happy hour saying that they are ready to celebrate the weekend getting here can turn angry quick if the \u201ccelebrating the weekend\u201d is code for actually \u201cdrinking away the stress of the week.\u201d Depression is also related to anxiety. As alcohol is a depressant, the emotional effects of alcohol can lead to an increase in anxiety. The anger surfacing is a product of that anxiety being fed rather than drowned. Additionally, the intent of the drinking also has some influence on the result. Someone looking to celebrate a happy occasion with a couple of drinks can enhance their experience of the night. Another person, looking to ease tension with a glass of wine, often finds just that. Someone looking forward to crying the night away after a breakup will have no failure in using the effects of alcohol on mood to be in a sad place. Mood Disorders and Alcohol The accessibility of alcohol, and the near-instant results, often make people seek the emotional effects of alcohol as a goal through precision chemistry. \u201cIf I take x amount of this, then my emotional result will be y.\u201d However, the pitfalls mentioned above exist, including underlying motivations to drink more and more. Thus, the formula is not as simple as people would like. The trial and error of the scientific method, here, is alcoholism. Alcoholism is never the goal of drinking. It is a product of excessive drinking. This often stems from other mental conditions occurring (such as PTSD or social anxiety). Many personality disorders leave people prone to addictive behaviors. Many who struggle with mental health issues also struggle with using the emotional effects of alcohol to self-medicate. An alcohol addiction treatment center that provides mental health care can help navigate these issues, to create a stronger recovery. Many psychological factors, such as upbringing, neglect, and trauma, play a role in people turning to alcohol. Low self-esteem, anger, loneliness, despair...all of these are terrible feelings that can drive a person to drink to regulate the emotions. If a person already has a chemical imbalance, such as with bipolar disorder, it can be near impossible to address a drinking habit without also addressing the unique anxieties and pressures that arise from living with bipolar disorder. Lucida Treatment Center's Dual Diagnosis Treatment Lucida Treatment Center\u2019s dual diagnosis treatment programs provide comprehensive care for anyone struggling with alcohol abuse and a mental health disorder. The Florida rehab center also offers mental health treatment for primary mental health disorders and comprehensive treatment for a variety of drug or alcohol addictions. Programs at Lucida Treatment Center can include: \tNon-12-step recovery programs \tCognitive behavioral therapy \tDialectical behavior therapy \tFamily therapy \tGroup therapy \tIndividual counseling Every treatment program helps each individual explore what moves them to drink, and most importantly, how to stop. To find out how Lucida Treatment Center can help you or someone you love overcome the emotional effects of alcohol, contact us at to speak with someone who can provide you with support, guidance, and information today!