Mental Health Awareness Week: 5 Ways Mental Health and Alcohol Consumption are Linked

It's Mental Health Awareness week and here at FitBeer, we've got our magnifying glasses out to explore these two facts:

  • Mental illness in young people has increased
  • Alcohol consumption amongst young people has decreased*

Are these facts related? Is it merely a coincidence? I think not!

So, here are 5 reasons that we think can be used as evidence to support the view that the rise in mental health and decline in alcohol consumption are likely to be linked.

1) Peace of Mind

More and more millennials and young people are showing interest in mindfulness. With yoga and meditation increasingly becoming more popular, the want to disrupt the inner peace has lessened.

2) Hangovers.

Put simply, being intoxicated is just that; toxic.

For those with mental illness, hangovers are more than just a headache and unsettled stomach, for some it develops in to a comedown that has no end, and has a detrimental impact on day to day life. With a hangover it can be hard to survive yet alone thrive.

3) Quality Control

Young people are turning to more creative ways of having fun.

Events like silent discos, giant adult ball pits and trampoline parks are becoming increasingly more popular options as a night out and entertainment quality is clearly something that matters. In a video made by popular YouTuber Dodie Clark, she says: “if we feel like we have to have alcohol in our veins to have a good time, then it probably isn’t a very good night”.

4) Productivity Prevention

Drinking can play a big part in procrastinating, especially when your body is trying to re configure and recover from the night before.

Byron, from our very own FitBeer team, says this: "They [young people] care very much about their ambitions and goals and it seems as though cutting alcohol intake has made them more productive and driven.”

5) We Don't Need No Alcohol!

For many of us, alcohol is a catalyst that helps to relax in a social context, but for some it has the opposite effect. Holly,18, who suffers from disassociation/depersonalisation says “drinking alcohol makes my condition worsen as it makes me feel more detached from myself and the world. That brings on anxiety and panic attacks”. Another teen Sarah, 19 says “If I'm feeling anxious, I find that I become extremely nervous and chatty, so there is no need to drink to break the ice.”

*(based on statistics published by the Mental Health Network in 2016)

Becky Kean