Alcoholism & Addiction

Excessive Drinking, Obesity, & Depression in Women

The habit of getting together after work for social hours that involve alcohol may need to be a thing of the past. According to an article in Psych Central News, the excessive alcohol consumption practices that tend to take place at these gatherings actually lead to overeating and depression in women.  Read more about the link between excessive drinking, depression and obesity

“Anyone who has been touched by depression, obesity or alcoholism knows that these disorders on their own can be devastating. When they’re combined, these disorders become more costly, more difficult to treat and more impairing,” said Carolyn McCarty, Ph.D., in Psych Central News.

McCarty is the lead study author and a research associate professor at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

The study examined 393 men and 383 women at the ages of 24, 27 and 30, asking about their weight, alcohol use and depression symptoms within the past year. McCarty noted that when you look across time, alcohol use and obesity predict later depression. While the disorders are different, they appear to be related in some groups of women.

According to study findings, women who had alcohol use disorders at age 24 were more than three times as likely to be obese at age 27, compared with women who did not have these problems.

The study also indicated that women who were obese at 27 were more than twice as likely to be depressed at age 30. Women who were diagnosed as depressed at 27 had an increased risk of alcohol disorders at age 30. In men, these disorders did not appear to have similar connections over time.

“From a clinical or health care provider perspective, when you think about what to do about one of these problems, you have to think about what to do about the other,” said Gregory Simon, M.D., a psychiatrist and researcher at the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle.

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