Alcohol, So You Think It Is a Cure To Your Anxiety The holidays are upon us and that means one thing. Alcohol consumption goes through the roof. Partly because there are so many social occasions, all gathered around christmas. The problem is that, to some, these gatherings make them very nervous and in their minds the only way to get through them, even half-decently, is to grab a drink in one hand and put a great big smile on your face. Why then do some say that you should avoid alcohol if you suffer from anxiety, unless you are not able to even communicate with other people if you are not fully plastered. It just doesn't make any sense, when drinking a little, you almost instantly calm down and can have a nice chat with your, perhaps, next-to-be "friend". Alcohol is actually a great short-term anxiety reducer, but long-term usage is proven to make your anxiety symptoms even worse than they were. Alcohol is a great depressant because it quickly depresses your nervous system, making you feel relaxed for a while. But when the effect fades, you are quickly back on track with your anxiety. This can lead to more alcohol intake in some individuals, which then results in a nasty roundabout of alcohol and anxiety. If you are a long-term alcohol user, you might have noticed that without alcohol, you are less able to manage your anxiety symptoms. That is because long-term intake of alcohol actually reduces the levels and function of different stress related receptors in the central nervous system. To put it simple, you reduce your ability to cope with even the slightest amount of stress. Keep in mind, everybody suffers from a certain degree of anxiety. Unless, you are diagnosed with some rare mental disorders or you are lying in a bed in coma. If you must, then drink that one drink to make yourself more relaxed, but just don't overdo it.
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