Alcohol and Bipolar Disorder

Alcohol and Bipolar disorder do not mix well.

Intake of alcohol is quite common, and has developed into being a component of the social culture, in many of the nations across the globe. Alcohol is being used, for many diverse rationales, like recreation, socializing, as a pain killer, to combat emotional problems and finally as an addictive habit. Alcohol produces a state of intoxication with its effect on the brain. This fact makes it imperative to scrutinize the effects of alcohol on the patients who are already suffering from a psychiatric disorder and are under medication for the same.

Bipolar disorder is a manic depressive disorder which affects the mental and the emotional welfare of the patient. Many individuals, who are already diagnosed with bipolar disorder, are particularly interested in knowing if they can consume alcohol. The majority of them do prefer to believe that alcohol intake cannot, and will not affect their disorder or them in any possible way. This is a grave misconception and there are many studies conducted in this field, which clearly establish the deleterious effect of alcohol in bipolar disease patients.

Alcohol interferes with bipolar medication

Alcohol has been demonstrated to interfere with the medications used for depression in bipolar disorder. Moreover alcohol can also diminish the efficacy of the antidepressants. This evidently proves that alcohol not only impedes the treatment of bipolar disorder, but can also lead to aggravation of the disease, due to the medications being rendered useless or ineffective. In view of the fact that bipolar disease is predominantly a manic depressive disorder, patients are advised to undergo talk therapy, along with the medications. Alcohol intake acts as an impediment during talk therapy too, and the patient is incapable of utilizing it to his benefit.

Prolonged use of alcohol can cause depression, suicidal tendencies, and violent behavior, which further worsens the underlying bipolar disease, and often the symptoms can overlap with each other and present a puzzling maze. In such a situation, it is immensely difficult and almost impossible to categorize the symptoms, and differentiate between alcohol and bipolar disease as the causative.

Certain medications used in the treatment of bipolar disease, are extremely severe in their effects on the brain and the nervous system. Combining such high potency drugs with alcohol can prove fatal to the patient. In less severe cases, the deadly combination can lead to delusions or hallucinations. These effects can even turn the patient violent and lead them to commit crimes or some kind of prohibited activity, while under the influence. This can make them quite dangerous, not only to themselves, but also to the those around them.

The chemical make up of the brain in a patient with bipolar disease has been found to be different from that of normal individuals. This also means that the chemical interaction of the brain with alcohol will generate dissimilar results, as compared to the normal folks. So it becomes highly complicated for a patient with bipolar disorder to deal with alcohol and it is best left alone and untouched, to uphold their personal safety and that of others.