Alcohol and Anxiety
Anxiety a problem:
More people suffer from anxiety than any other health problem, yet less than 25% receive adequate help. A natural self-healing program is an alternative to suffering in silence, or taking synthetic, often addictive, tranquilizers and sleeping pills. Sedatives of any kind should never be combined with alcohol. The interaction of alcohol with benzodiazepines can depress both breathing a blood pressure, possibly causing coma or death.
Alcohol consumption and anxiety:
Alcohol is a depressant. Many people use alcohol as a means to produce feelings of relaxation. However, this can affect your ability to remember, understand & make decisions. This acts to increase anxiety A person experiences relief from panic after drinking alcohol, then finds that as it wears off, his anxiety returns more intensely than before, creating a treacherous and hard-to-break cycle
Effects of alcohol consumption:
Alcohol triggers panic attacks and acute depression. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system causing fatigue, agitation and anxiety. Drinking alcohol produces physiological stress, that is, some of the body’s responses to alcohol are similar to other stressors. Yet, individuals also drink to relieve stress. It is a paradox that people engage in an activity that produces effects similar to those that they are trying to relieve. Those sensitive to anxiety are more likely to turn to alcohol to relieve their anxiety symptoms. They are in a high-risk group. As one drinks, the body tries to make up for the changes alcohol causes.
It “turns up” all of its senses. When the alcohol begins to wear off, these heightened senses cause shakiness, headaches and nausea. Everything seems louder, bigger, and faster. Alcohol has been found to lower serotonin and norepinephrine levels. Alcohol temporarily blunts the effects of stress hormones. It typically leaves you feeling worse than ever because it depresses the brain and nervous system. One study looked at people who consumed one drink a day. After three months abstinence, their scores on standard depression inventories improved. People with manic-depressive disorder should not drink alcohol.
Depression and alcohol problems often go together, but the evidence suggests that in men alcohol use preceded the depression, whereas in women the depression precedes the alcohol use. Alcohol and depression are two problems, which seem grave in nature and need to be controlled so that their can be a sense of peace and well being in the lives of people whose lives are full of problems at the work or personal front.