Everybody has a guilty pleasure, but some people have the willpower to control their urges while others allow these urges to take over their lives. With that being said, a lot of people use their guilty pleasures as a means of self-medicating themselves to deal with mental issues such as stress or depression.
1Beverley Pickorer, a 35-year-old mother of four, knows all about self-medication.
Beverley turned to alcohol in her early 20s as a way of getting over several failed relationships. But as she continued to try and drink away her problems, she grew more and more dependent on alcohol. Her illness and addiction eventually became so extreme that she was consuming somewhere around 40 beers a day!