Alcohol is ineffective against 'drowning sorrows' says study

A new study has found that drinking to relieve depressed emotions in ineffective, according to

The research was carried out by researchers at the University of Vermont. Scientists looked into alcohol behaviour of 246 people aged 21-82 who had been named as problem drinkers by the doctors.

The results found that there were differences in the consumption behaviour of men and women, with males drinking when they were angry and females usually feeling symptoms of depression the day after drinking. However, overall, the researchers found that drinking alcohol was ineffective at 'drowning sorrows'.

Researchers from the study have now even said that monitoring people's emotions could be extremely important in treating and preventing alcoholism. This could be carried out through methods such as a counselling course.

Talking about this, lead author of the study, Valerie Harder, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont, told "Working on strategies for male drinkers to manage their anger may warrant special emphasis in alcohol treatment approaches [in the future]."

She continued: "Furthermore, results from a recent study of relapse after alcohol use treatment suggest that targeting the relationship between [negative emotions such as anger] and alcohol use could decrease the probability of relapse, thus improving alcohol treatment outcomes."