Alcoholism and depression are what are often referred to as co-occurring disorders because many people who suffer from alcohol addiction also suffer from depression, and being depressed may put a person at higher risk for alcoholism and depression can be a major trigger for drinking.
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A number of mental health problems are associated with alcohol addiction and social anxiety is no exception. People with social anxiety can be particularly prone problem drinking because alcohol is commonly used to loosen up in social situations.
According to a 2008 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 52 million people in the U.S. have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical purpose at least once. Thus, the misuse of prescription drugs is something a large group of people has engaged in, and it's growing.
Advertisements for alcohol are designed to make drinking seem fun, relaxing or attractive for adults but unfortunately their marketing techniques also appear to work on teens and young adults under the age of 21. Studies have shown that seeing alcohol advertisements can have a significant impact on whether or not a person will drink when they are still underage.
Recovery from substance abuse can often be a very stressful process, as it involves letting go of a coping mechanism from which the user was able to deal with and escape from the stresses of life. Letting go of an addiction means that something that used to be an obsession and dictate your every move has been taken away, and new things can sometimes creep in, creating what is called a substitute addiction.