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Offline kwhite521

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Alcohol: An Anxiety No No
« on: August 29, 2009, 12:59:28 AM »
For a while, at the height of my battle with anxiety, alcohol became both my best friend and worst enemy. No medication I was prescribed seemed to produce the same short-term calming effect that I got from alcohol. It soon became the first option I turned to for upsetting anxiety symptoms, and for a while I thought I had discovered a miracle treatment. As my disorder progressed, however, it became evident that my consumption was causing more problems than it was addressing.

Alcohol, a controlled depressant, can certainly help to ease symptoms for a bit, but sooner or later you have to sober up, and that is where the problem begins to get scary. In the mornings, after a night of drinking, my anxiety became almost unbearable. I was shaky, uneasy and confused. The treatment that had seemingly worked so great the night before, had worn off, and the anxiety had actually worsened.

So you'll never guess what I did. Yep, I started drinking again, desperate for the same results. This became a vicious cycle that would lead me to the brink of physical, mental and emotional disaster. The symptoms of my anxiety continued to spin out of control and my alcohol intake rose to dangerous levels. Naturally I became hopeless, desperate and miserable.

I realize firsthand how frightening anxiety can be. People suffering will try almost anything to get relief, but alcohol, despite its initial assistance, is definitely not the answer. If you feel like alcohol is beginning to cause a problem with your anxiety and your life in general, I strongly urge you to get help. I finally broke the cycle and I am happy I did. My anxiety is now fairly under control and has not bothered me for quite some time.

This is not a permanent condition. Try not to let fear lead you into destructive behavior. Keep fighting the "good fight" and eventually your symptoms will subside.

I'm interested to hear your thoughts on this subject. Please post your comments.
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Offline tmicrowave

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Re: Alcohol: An Anxiety No No
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2009, 03:11:24 AM »
sounds like what i did for about 5 or 6 months before the anxiety HIT (when i stopped!)

me and my boyfriend broke up
and i just teamed up with some loser buddy and we drank almost every day for months
else i'd just drink alone
it was just suppressing my emotions more and more
making everything worse
so when i quit i had to face reality
which is what i should have done from the beginning
i panicked day and night
thats back when i found this site

so yea long story short
i get what your saying
i can remember saying "okay im quitting this now" and 4 days into it, i thought it was alcohol withdrawal and i was just a complete wreck in every way
panick attacks
E.R. visits and god
it was ugly


it's anything but the answer
for sure

i've had anxiety all my life you know but that was when the SHI* hit the fan
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Re: Alcohol: An Anxiety No No
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2009, 08:34:11 PM »
As I was reading your post - I actually had to stop and look at who left the post thinking I had written it months earlier.  SERIOUS!!!!

I like you thought Alcohol was the way to go - it got me thru parties, trips, vacations, flights and pretty much life.  It started with just having drinks in the evening and than BAM - the next morning I thought I was going to DIE - literally - DIE.  The anxiety/panic was out of control and ended up lasting 24-36 hours.  So of course . . . I would start drinking in the a.m. - just to take the edge off.

I've only recenlty given up drinking like a nutty lady (I will still have a glass of wine or 2 but that's that baby) and started exercising and eating healthier and I have to say I feel like a new person.

I wouldn't have believed I could feel better if I just layed off the booze - but I'm a walking - talking - and faily normal living chick!!!

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Rosie
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Re: Alcohol: An Anxiety No No
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2009, 10:06:05 PM »
Yep...you hit it right on the head.  I think a lot of people with anxiety problems come by alcohol and drug abuse honestly, just looking for some relief.  I'm living proof that drinking only makes things worse in the long run.  You begin to dig a hole that is difficult to climb out of.  Some people, unfortunately, are never able to.

Very insightful post.
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Re: Alcohol: An Anxiety No No
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2009, 07:28:38 PM »
Thank you soooo much for this post!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have just realized that this is a bad, bad combination.  I used to be able to drink and feel not to bad the next day but once my anxiety issues started that booze made it one hundred times worse!!  I could not understand how something that had made me feel so good the night before could be making me feel sooo bad in the morning!! 

Now I am commited to taking my antidepressants, staying off the alcohol and doing whatever else it will take to manage my anxiety and get my life back!

THANKS FOR THE POST, GLAD TO KNOW IM NOT GOING CRAZY!!

Jewelstar  :xmas-smiley-035:
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Re: Alcohol: An Anxiety No No
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2010, 03:43:37 AM »
I feel the same way !

when im drunk i have absoluterly no anxiety, its so perfect, but the more i drank the more anxious i would get...vicious cycle as you said

i started meds now and im going to lay off the booze hopefully it worksss
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Re: Alcohol: An Anxiety No No
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2011, 07:50:39 PM »
I finally quit beer on the 2nd Jan. Its hard, but already im feeling better. I quit all other booze years ago. When drunk or tipsy I would have zero anxiety, but the next day I had 100%, so I drank again etc ... vicious cycle. Not to mention the physical damage to my body.

Its hard, but it can be done. To any one else who has quit or is considering it.. GO FOR IT  :bigsmile:
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Re: Alcohol: An Anxiety No No
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2011, 02:31:58 PM »
I haven't found that alcohol really affects my anxiety, besides making me feel a lot better/more carefree...but it has negatively affected my relationships and many times I say and do things that I regret afterwards. I've been trying to lay off the booze, and for me, it was easier to quit smoking than trying to do this! It's hard for me to accept I have problems with alcohol already and I'm not even legal drinking age yet.
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Re: Alcohol: An Anxiety No No
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2011, 07:34:30 PM »
You're not alone, shygirl.  At least you're figuring it out now as opposed to 20 years down the road when your life is seriously wrecked.  The best thing you can do is try to align yourself with a good crowd; at our age, finding reliable friends who don't feel the need to drink is quite a challenge. 
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Re: Alcohol: An Anxiety No No
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2011, 03:29:49 PM »
I am so glad for this post. I totally get the vicious cycle. I've been battling morning anxiety for a year now and I'm pretty sure it's because I drank the night before. I am miserable in the morning and if I just take a night off, I feel so much better the next day. I too am so glad I'm not crazy! Thanks again!
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