Specifically, studies of the general population, in which drinking is common, have found depression to be approximately twice as common in women than in men. A popular explanation for the equal rates found in the Amish is that it may reflect the true rate of depressive disorders in men, while the finding in the general population underestimate the incidence of depression in men because of increased alcohol use. In other words, men may be disguising their depression, from themselves and others, by drinking excessively. Other studies that support this idea have found that over 50 percent of alcoholics are also clinically depressed.
- pg. 165, When Someone You Love Is Depressed – Laura Rosen & Xavier Amador, ISBN 978-0-684-83407-8