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Sadag warns against mixing alcohol & meds to curb depression

The group says many people get depressed this time of the year and end up using substances to deal with their issues.

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CAPE TOWN - The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) has cautioned people against mixing alcohol and medication to curb depression.

The group says many people get depressed this time of the year and end up using substances to deal with issues of loneliness, fear and stress.

The group has urged people to rather seek help or call the 24-hour substance abuse helpline if these issues arise.

The Sadag's Tracy Feinstein says while New Year's Day may be a time for festivities for some, it can be a trigger to a downward spiral for others.

“There’s a lot of focus on ourselves; reflecting, making plans and getting excited for new possibilities. But sometimes that reflection brings up a whole lots of experiences and emotions that are not the greatest and it’s the time where perhaps you’d let those things go and now it all comes back.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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