People often drink to cheer themselves up or drown their sorrows. This has been linked to an increased risk of suicide in teenagers and new research by scientists from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles suggests that it may raise the risk of depression and alcohol dependence in adults. A study of 5,181 twins aged 30 and over found that drinking to manage mood was strongly inherited and accounted for nearly all of the links between depression and alcohol dependence. Men were more likely than women to use alcohol to manage their moods and the link between 'self-medication' with alcohol and depression was also stronger in men.
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