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Benefits of Self-Medication with ALCOHOL

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Self-Medication with ALCOHOL–IT’S Good for Mental Illness?

The transmogrifying of our mood by bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, ADHD, and Borderline Personality Disorder is a reality depraved experience. Add self-medicating with alcoholic beverages, makes mental illness terrifically ugly, and often with dreadful results. It actually appears ALCOHOL opens the mind to a distorted reality, who ever thought alcohol could do that? Duh!  – It’s a joke!

It is said Self-Medicating is one way to escape the pain and problems caused by the mental illness. From my firsthand experience and knowledge passed on from peers dealing with co-occurring Alcoholism and Bipolar Disorder, I can tell you the escape is temporary and it always seem to make more problems and just postpones other problems.

Getting drunk is a doorway that lets go of your inhibitions and reasoning that can lead to infidelity, unprotected sex, even exposing your innocent mate to an array to SDTs.  Alcohol abuse is gateway to addiction.  Not to mention that chronic heavy alcohol consumption impairs brain development, causes brain shrinkage, dementia, physical dependence, increases neuropsychiatric and cognitive disorders and causes distortion of  brain chemistry.

Nevertheless, Self-Medicating seems agreeable for all pedigrees of people that allow ALCOHOL to incite insane and, a lunatic  behavior – in fact, many time causing the very behavior self-mediators want to avoid. This malignant or insane disposition is directly connected with brain function and brain chemistry. Alcohol studies show again and again how over indulging damages and kills brain cells and effects simple motor skills like walking straight, hand-eye coordination.

While it’s true, different people are affected in different ways by over indulgence with alcoholic drinks, from your 3% alcohol wine-coolers to your hard 90 proof Irish Scotch…they all have effects on the brain and the younger you are studies now show the more permanent the damage.

Adding Bipolar Disorder to Alcohol abuse and you’ll have a combination that never leads to recovery!  I’m not saying alcohol is BAD – it’s when you over do it (abuse it) when you’re drinking for a purpose to get drunk or for self-medication of the pain of Bipolar Disorder. Don’t throw your life to the side and have a party without consequences! There are always consequences both physical and psychological! And if you keep up going on benders, there is more than possible Dipsomania and *Alcoholism in your future along with Bipolar Disorder and a host of health problems too.


What are the Benefits of Self-Medication with ALCOHOL or illicit drugs… NONE! – All are temporary and will do nothing more than sidetrack attention from the real problem.

UPDATE *While this is a humor blog and I like to use a lot of Psych-Babble, one commenter did have a point on alcoholism. Thought she seemed to miss the point of this post, it’s about ‘self-medication’ not alcoholism.  For more information please see Psych Centrals: Alcoholism Library


Benefits of Self-Medication with ALCOHOL

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2013). Benefits of Self-Medication with ALCOHOL. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 25, 2019, from


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