Alcohol has a serious affect on anxiety levels and should not be used in people with high anxiety. Drinking alcohol with anxiety can give you more than your average hangover in the morning and increase your risk of severe anxiety.
Researchers have found that alcohol can alter the body chemicals that slow down and speed up the body. Alcohol has a depressant action on the chemicals released from the adrenal glands. The problem occurs because alcohol has a sedative affect on the body and then when the alcohol wears off the brain releases chemicals that excite brain and body activity. This may cause anxiety and may even possibly cause seizures with long-term alcohol use. People who already have a problem with anxiety may notice increased anxiety with hangovers.
The dangerous problem with alcohol use is many people use alcohol the next day to suppress hangover symptoms. This can quickly lead to overuse of alcohol and cause alcoholism. Even people that never experienced full-blown anxiety in the past may develop anxiety attacks after alcohol use. One drink, leads to another drink and before they know it, they have to drink.
The problem with alcoholism is anxiety is a major withdrawal symptom of alcohol. The only way to relieve the anxiety is to take another drink. But, that is not the only way. People who suffer morning after anxiety symptoms need to take their overall health into consideration and there are other ways to deal with the problem.
Limit alcohol use to no more than one or two drinks. Alcohol can be okay in moderation. If you are able to stop yourself after one or two drinks then you may avoid the hangover effect the next morning. Stop drinking early in the evening and switch to something non-alcoholic.
Increase your intake of water. Many hangover effects are caused by dehydration from alcohol. After your one to two drinks, start drinking water throughout the night and the next morning after drinking.
Try talking about your anxiety instead of reaching for a drink. Yes, alcohol can soothe nerves but it is only temporary. Instead of using a “band-aid” approach, do something to deal with the anxiety. Alcohol will not make anxiety go away, it only makes you not feel it for a short period of time. It could even come back worse than it started.
Do not go by the phrase, “the hair of the dog that bit you.” Drinking as a hangover cure is a dangerous practice. This can invite alcoholism right to your door. You will find your body needing more and more drinks throughout the day to keep anxiety at bay. If you do get a hangover, just increase your intake of water. Your body needs it anyway.
The best option, avoid alcohol altogether. People with anxiety should try to avoid alcohol completely. The effects and the after-effects of alcohol can make anxiety attacks worse in the long run.
Alcohol is not a friend of anxiety and is only a short-term fix for frazzled nerves. The next time you experience anxiety, reach for some chamomile tea, talk to a trusted friend and take some deep breaths. In the long run your body will surely appreciate the healthier alternatives.