Infographic: Alcohol and Depression – A Vicious and Potentially Deadly Circle

Drawing upon information from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Mayo Clinic, and other psychological and public health sources – this infographic outlines the links between depression and alcohol abuse and how treatment is complicated for individuals with these co-occurring disorders. The infographic leads off with a graphic that illustrates the statistic that 30-40% of alcoholics suffer from a major depressive disorder. It then goes on to list some of the major types of depression and their primary features. It also makes the point that alcohol abuse can increase suicide risk among depressed individuals by lowering their inhibitions. In addition, it brings to light the added dangers of mixing alcohol and typical antidepressant medications.