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It probably won't hurt to have a glass of wine or beer once in a while for social reasons unless you have a health problem that prevents you from drinking. But if you turn to alcohol to get you through the day, or if it causes trouble in your relationships, at work, in your social life, or with how you think and feel, you have a more serious problem.

From: Alcohol and Depression WebMD Medical Reference

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Julien, R. , Macmillan, 2005. A Primer of Drug Action

Young-Wolff, K.C. , August 2009. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Fergusson, D.M. , 2009. Archives of General Psychiatry

National Survey on Drug Use and Health: "Depression and the Initiation of Alcohol and Other Drug Use Among Youths Aged 12 to 17."

Wang, J.C. , 2004. Human Molecular Genetics

Dixit, A.R. , 2000. The American Journal of Psychiatry

Ostacher, M.J. , 2007. Psychiatric Clinics of North America

Crum, R.M. , 2008. Archives of General Psychiatry

Graham, K. , 2007. Canadian Medical Association Journal

Sullivan, L.Y. , 2005. The American Journal of Medicine

Luo, X. Genetics, Aug. 15, 2006. Human Molecular

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "How should comorbid conditions be treated?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 12, 2016

SOURCES:

Julien, R. , Macmillan, 2005. A Primer of Drug Action

Young-Wolff, K.C. , August 2009. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Fergusson, D.M. , 2009. Archives of General Psychiatry

National Survey on Drug Use and Health: "Depression and the Initiation of Alcohol and Other Drug Use Among Youths Aged 12 to 17."

Wang, J.C. , 2004. Human Molecular Genetics

Dixit, A.R. , 2000. The American Journal of Psychiatry

Ostacher, M.J. , 2007. Psychiatric Clinics of North America

Crum, R.M. , 2008. Archives of General Psychiatry

Graham, K. , 2007. Canadian Medical Association Journal

Sullivan, L.Y. , 2005. The American Journal of Medicine

Luo, X. Genetics, Aug. 15, 2006. Human Molecular

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "How should comorbid conditions be treated?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 12, 2016

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