Expert warns people with these common conditions alcohol is a 'terrible mix'

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Dr Alex George attends ITV Palooza! 2021 at The Royal Festival Hall on November 23, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Dr Alex George has warned people not to drink alcohol if you are one of three people. Taking to his Instagram account, he says that whilst these are his "own opinions", removing alcohol from his life has helped him.

Now aiming to help others with their mental health, the doctor, who celebrated a year of sobriety in November of last year after quitting drinking in Christmas of 2022, revealed he's 'never been fitter, mentally or physically' since ditching alcohol. Warning others to be careful if they have alcohol, he urges three groups of people to try and avoid alcohol if they can.

He said: "Do not drink alcohol if you are one of these three people. First of all, if you have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), drinking alcohol with ADHD is like pouring petrol on a fire.

"It makes the impulsivity worse. A lot of the symptoms we don't want are heightened and it numbs all the good things."

He continues: "Secondly, if you're struggling with low mood or depression, alcohol is a depressant. its not just that hangxiety. If you drink a couple of nights a week over a period of weeks and months, that can cause depression in your brain. It suppresses the brain's good energy and good feelings."

The last group of people he says should not have alcohol is people who have goals and have not yet achieved them, especially if they feel like they could be doing better. He explained: "Thirdly, if you're not achieving your goals and aspirations in life or if you're feeling stuck, alcohol can block us from being the person that we could be from realising our true potential.

"It's not always the case but if you're sat here thinking 'I feel stuck, I just can't quite get the motivation, I can't quite break through, I can't realise my dreams', let alcohol go." He concludes: "Give it a try for six months and you might see a difference. It made a difference in me."

The doctor, who was appointed as Youth Mental Health Ambassador by then PM Boris Johnson, has ADHD himself. He shared his reason for going sober, saying: "Alcohol is a terrible mix with ADHD, has no real benefits to our physical or mental health, and yet I drink regularly.

"I have started to question: why? Like with any relationship, it's good to understand how it's serving us and whether the reasons we signed up to it are even still relevant or helpful. Or even whether the dynamic has changed."

He continued: "Most of the mistakes or poor decisions I have made, I have made while drinking. Arguments with partners, friends or family - drinking. Losing my phone, wallet or keys... Ok I manage that sober but you get my point (ADHD). I sat there the other day thinking, of all my regrets in life, how many of them were done sober? The answer shocked me."