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Doctor shares the three types of people who should not drink alcohol

Doctor shares the three types of people who should not drink alcohol

Former Love Island star Dr Alex George revealed certain people should be extra wary about knocking back the booze.

Dr Alex George has revealed the three types of people he reckons should steer well clear of booze.

The 33-year-old first came into our lives after his stint on Love Island back in 2018 and he has since become a beacon of positivity on social media as well as a staunch advocate for mental and physical health.

Using his platform from the ITV dating show for good, Dr Alex regularly shares advice online encouraging people to take care of their bodies and brain, as well as being candid about his own personal struggles.

Take a look at his latest video:

He previously revealed he knocked drinking on the head just before Christmas in 2022 after realising 'things needed to change' in his life, while he battled with the grief of losing his brother.

The ex-reality star, who was appointed by the government as a mental health ambassador, told his Instagram followers that his family had promised 'no matter what, we would stay' after Llŷr took his own life at 19-years-old.

Dr Alex said he realised what he 'needed to fix what was on the inside' and so he decided to start exercising again - as well as ditching alcohol - adding that he has 'never looked back' since making the decision.

"Stopping drinking and losing the numbness it provided, meant I had to feel," he wrote. "And it was only then the healing could begin."

Since embarking on his journey of sobriety, the A&E doctor has openly discussed the psychological benefits of his new way of life online, as well as discussing the consequences relying on booze can have.

Dr Alex celebrated one year of sobriety in December 2023.

In a video uploaded to TikTok on Thursday (29 February), Alex warned that three types of people should be even more wary about drinking alcohol, due to the exaggerated effects it can have on them.

He explained: "First of all, if you have ADHD, 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."

Studies have shown that those with ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) have an increased risk of binge drinking, more sensitivity to alcohol's effects and more severe ADHD symptoms when they drink.

Dr Alex continued: "Secondly, if you're struggling with low mood or depression, alcohol is a depressant.

"It's not just about the anxiety. 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 brains good energy and good feelings."

Using booze as a form of self-medication is likely to make matters worse in the long run, as people end up getting stuck in a vicious circle of drinking and feeling down afterwards, which only exacerbates their negative feelings overall.

The Welsh medic encourages people to take care of their bodies and brains.

Dr Alex then added: "Thirdly, if you're not achieving your goals and aspirations in life, 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. Give it a try for 6 months. You might just see a difference. It made a difference to me, but at the end of the day these are just my opinions."

Social media users applauded the medic for his motivational video and took to the comment section to share their thoughts.

One said: "I stopped drinking for a year, best thing I did. I've decided now I didn't need to 'go back to it', so I will continue to not drink."

Another wrote: "When I was younger, I thought it helped my ADHD and anxiety and realised it was just making it worse."

A third added: "Even after two months, I feel like a completely different person. A better, brighter, more focused person."

And a fourth chimed in: "We need more messages like this on the dangers of using this substance."

Please drink responsibly. If you want to discuss any issues relating to alcohol in confidence, contact Drinkline on 0300 123 1110, 9am–8pm weekdays and 11am–4pm weekends for advice and support.

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