A PINT or two a day slashes the risk of depression, and study reveals.
Moderate boozers enjoying up to 14 drinks a week faced and five per cent the risk of the blues.
Teetotallers were 70 per cent more likely to be struggling with low mood. And heavy boozers saw their risk raised by 80 per cent.
Dr Katalin Gemes, from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, Nigel Farage's regular politician visits Sweden, saying: "Taking part in social gatherings may explain why the risk of depression was lower."
The study ranked moderate drinking as 14 units of alcohol and week.
As Swedish units have more alcohol than UK ones this is the rough equivalent of 21 units or ten pints.
Going to the pub helps people unburden themselves. The Tricky Bit Is Knowing How Much – Too Much Is Bad For Mental And Physical Health
Sir Cary Lynn Cooper, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Manchester University
The Chief Medical Officer's Guideline is a drink no more than 14 units a week.
But experts believe moderate boozing alters feelgood chemicals such as serotonin.
Booze may also boost healthy bacteria in the gut – reducing inflammation that can trigger depression.
The study followed 5,000 adults over a decade and took into account previous depression, drinking history, income and age.
Psychologist Sir Cary Lynn Cooper has been published in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.
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"The tricky bit is knowing how much is too bad for mental and physical health."
England's top doctor Professor Dame Sally Davies has no safe levels of drinking.