Things to Avoid
Alcohol. Drugs. Alcohol & Drugs
Shock News, Serious Research has linked drinking alcohol with suicide.
Alcoholics are reportedly three times more likely to commit suicide than non-alcoholics.
But we do not need to be alcoholics – even if we are moderate drinkers and don’t drink to excess – our chances
of attempting suicide are almost twice as high if we drink than if we don’t.
According to one eminent researcher. “It appears that there's something about alcohol that has a dis-inhibiting
effect on people who have been thinking about killing themselves and makes them impetuously act on that impulse in a way they
wouldn't if they hadn't been drinking,"
In other words, the same lack of inhibitions which allows us to make complete idiots of ourselves;
could (in certain circumstances), provide the perfect vessel for suicide.
This being so, when any of us are going through a personal crisis, but want to live to see it through
– we need to avoid the booze. I know that it is easier said than done, but we do become stupid when we get drunk.
Similarly, users of other drugs are also just as likely to try to kill themselves as those who drink alcohol. The suicide
risk for the users of other drugs such as marijuana, inhalants and heroin are about the same
as they are said to be for users of alcohol. But the actual risk of suicide increases dramatically
when a person is a user of more than one drug.
While smoking marijuana may
be just as likely to provoke a suicide attempt as drinking alcohol, someone doing both is in significantly greater danger.
One study observed that, someone
using two drugs is 4.2 times more likely than a non-user to attempt suicide, and the odds go up from there, depending on the
number of drugs being abused.
Even relatively casual drinking
or drug taking is dangerous for those of us who are actually thinking of killing ourselves.
Research into this area revealed
that among the sample, those exhibiting alcohol and substance dependence exhibited a higher likelihood of attempting suicide
The problem, is that when
many of us are depressed, going through a suicidal crisis, or are becoming actively suicidal, we do turn to alcohol or drugs
to self medicate ourselves.
The lesson that we need to
learn is that neither alcohol nor drugs have ever solved anyone's problems, instead they do make those problems worse.