This is a transcript of my pebble in the road about using alcohol to help manage your anxiety.
I'm not here to judge or wave the finger at you. There are a lot of people who use booze to relax with or as a reward after a hard day.
But you are not one of them. Because you might be using liquor to handle your anxiety symptoms.
Let me give you two good reasons to consider alternatives.
One, alcohol dehydrates your brain. Your brain wants water. Doesn't really care if it is warm or cold but your brain really wants water.
So drinking alcohol does the opposite.
And no, the ice cubes do not count.
The second reason to consider an alternative to booze is that it messes with your hormones. And what is the hormone we want to nurture and propagate? Serotonin.
And if that wasn't enough. Continue drinking they way you do might increase the level and severity of your symptoms.
There are alternatives to drinking it up and living it down the next day. I really encourage you to seek those out. In the Serotonin episode, I mention some of the ways to boost serotonin in your brain and body.
There are many alternatives to knocking back a few. Especially if you are using alcohol to try to appear normal or not freak the hell out.
Verywell Mind has a post on The Risks of Using Alcohol to Relieve Anxiety.
ADAA.org post Social Anxiety Disorder and Alcohol Abuse.
2012 Anxiety and Alcohol Use Disorder, Comorbidity and Treatment Considerations. Retrieved from Pub Med.
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