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A research study has found that drinking alcohol to soothe depression may cause a long term addiction to alcohol. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry.

Rosa Crum of the The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reviewed the data pertaining to individuals who claimed to have used alcohol as a medication in 2001-2002.

In 2004 and 2005, when the study participants were re-interviewed, it was discovered that their drinking had become heavier.

“It indicates that drinking as a way to improve mood symptoms might increase the probability that alcohol dependence will develop,” Crum said in a statement.

Crum warns that people who use alcohol to cope with their problems may eventually need professional help.

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