The sense of fear and worry is very natural to humans and it’s perfectly fine to have a unique reaction to an unexpected situation. But it takes the shape of anxiety disorder when you start reacting awkwardly to even normal situations. When the anxiety sustains for a longer period with higher intensity, it could have a disastrous effect on your life as this affects your overall mental and physical productivity. To cope with such an emotional reaction, people feel tempted to have a glass of alcohol, as this gives you temporary escape by relaxing your nerves.
Compulsive drinking induced by emotional reactions could lead to blackouts, memory loss, brain damage, and serious digestive tract issues. The situation worsens further as under stress your normal immune system doesn’t function properly. This creates another level of ailment related anxiety.
Ways to Control Alcohol-Related Anxiety
First of all, try to understand what alcohol does in the human body so that you could control the alcohol intake. This organic compound influences the serotonin level and other neurotransmitters in the brain. This, in turn, worsens the anxiety. Once the level of alcohol goes down you feel more anxious than the past.
Alcohol affects both “excitatory” neurotransmitters and “inhibitory” neurotransmitters. Glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter, boosts the brain activity but when alcohols enter your bloodstream, it inhibits the release of glutamate resulting in slowing of brain activity.
- Control the alcohol intake and frequency of alcohol consumption. There is no other way to deal with the situation. You cannot condition your body for a higher and higher dose of alcohol, as this could worsen the anxiety.
- The alcohol-induced anxiety remains for hours or even a full day after drinking binge. The best way to cut the duration is to have enough water in your body. Try some natural detoxifiers to cut the alcohol level faster.
- Alcohol might help you get a temporary mood boost, but it is very fragile as you fall back to the situation and with higher intensity.
- If your anxiety is social situation driven, it is better to avoid drinking in such social situations. This dependence on alcohol to cope with social stress could have serious health effects in the long term.
- You have to learn to say “no” to your social partners. Excessive drinking leads to dehydration related hangover which could result in headache, dizziness, fatigue, and low blood sugar level.
- The best strategy to cope with alcohol-related anxiety to avoid negative feelings while drinking. Research suggests that alcohol makes it difficult to recover from traumatic events.
- If you are addicted to alcohol, the withdrawal could create a temporary phase of anxiety as your brain becomes accustomed to alcohol triggered neurotransmitter response. You might notice hand trembling, excessive sweating, high blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting.
Thankfully, there are several remedies available to treat anxiety. But the cure depends heavily on your lifestyle changes. You have to learn to avoid negative situations, cut alcohol consumption, maintain a healthy diet, warm up your body regularly and most importantly sleep 7-8 hours without disturbance.