Sobriety ‘Improves Mental Wellbeing Among Women’

A study has shown that women who give up alcohol entirely have better mental health than those who drink moderately.

Dr Michael Ni, from the University of Hong Kong, led a report that looked at 10,386 non-drinkers and moderate drinkers from Hong Kong between 2009 and 2013.

He compared the data with that from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse in the US.

The findings revealed those who were non-drinkers had the highest level of mental health, and those who had gone from moderately drinking to not consuming any alcohol at all had managed to improve their emotional wellbeing.

Dr Ni, whose report was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, stated: “Our findings suggest caution in recommendations that moderate drinking could improve health-related quality of life. Instead, quitting drinking may be associated with a more favourable change in mental wellbeing, approaching the level of lifetime abstainers.”

The study also found the change in mental health was more significant in women than men, with their level of wellbeing equalling those of lifetime abstainers within four years of quitting.

Dr Ni’s findings came after researchers from University College London studied data from the Health Survey for England and found a decline in the number of young drinkers.

The research, which was published in BMC Public Health last year, revealed the number of 16 to 24-year-olds who do not drink rose from 18 per cent in 2005 to 29 per cent in 2015.

It also found binge drinking rates had dropped from 27 per cent to 18 per cent over the decade, reported Huffington Post.

Many people use alcohol to block out their emotional problems. However, it can exacerbate their issues, having a detrimental impact on their mental health.

Instead, counselling in Hampshire can be an effective long-term solution to resolving mental health problems.