Psychiatric care can be improved by discovering whether a patient has a history of mood drinking, recent research has found.
The report that can be accessed on Early View and is to be published in the August issues of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research detailed the link between serious depression and alcohol dependence.
It revealed that people who drink due to feelings of negativity are more vulnerable to major depression (MD) and alcohol dependence (AD).
The study was based on the MA thesis of Kelly Young-Wolff, who commented: "There are likely multiple mechanisms that result in the disorders co-occurring, for example, having MD increases the risk to develop AD, having AD increases the risk to develop MD."
She added that other variables, such as an individual's personal background and genetic vulnerability, may also contribute to the development of both conditions.
Major depression is characterised by a persistent low mood, minimal self-esteem and the inability to find happiness in previously enjoyable situations.