It is customary to think of alcohol as a natural anxiolytic. Indeed, alcohol uninhibits, it euphoriates, it lifts fears and anxieties, and the anxious person feels relieved by his or her alcohol consumption.
But then why avoid alcohol in case of anxiety, you may ask?
What is anxiety?
First, let’s define what anxiety is. It is a state of mental disorder caused by the fear of danger. We could say that the desired state of the anxious person is a state of self-confidence or the smooth running of events over which he or she has no control. It is achieved momentarily by drinking alcohol. Alcohol activates the neurotransmitters GABA, which induce relaxation, and dopamine, which has a euphoric effect. The concern is that the organism understands that this alcohol intake causes abnormal changes in the balance it is always seeking (homeostasis) and will therefore regulate these neurotransmitters in the blood to a lesser extent. As a result, the day after the alcohol intake, the person sees his or her anxiety symptoms even more present. This is called the rebound effect. As this anxiety develops, the person may be very tempted to drink again to effectively manage his or her symptoms. As you can see, this is where the vicious cycle of addiction begins.
Alcohol as an anxiety inducer
Alcohol is therefore an anxiety inducer and when addiction takes place, other problems arise:
a potential loss of behavioral control that can lead to serious social risks (dismissal, divorce, conflict, isolation);
an inability to drive a vehicle or worse, drunk driving and accident risks;
Alcoholic breath, a physical transformation (redness, weight gain) clearly indicate to those around the person the alcohol dependence of the person who may feel stigmatized;
serious health problems will undoubtedly appear if the addiction becomes entrenched over time.
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All these consequences will obviously exacerbate the person’s lack of confidence and perhaps even lead to depression.
When the anxious person has become an alcohol-dependent person, the first thing to do is to begin withdrawal from alcohol. Stopping the alcohol alone will allow the person to regain his or her self-confidence and self-esteem. For this alcohol withdrawal, it is possible to consult a psychiatrist, an addictologist or a hypnotherapist. The best option would be to consult them jointly, with good communication between therapists. Hypnosis brings quick and lasting results on addictions but medical follow-up is always essential.
Once alcohol withdrawal has been achieved, it is a question of finding the practitioner who will be able to accompany the patient to provide an effective solution to residual anxiety: psychiatrist, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, Chinese medicine, energetic psychology, etc….
In conclusion, if you are anxious, you have understood that taking alcohol is not a necessary step and that it is necessary to avoid it. It is much preferable to take care of yourself by having the therapist of your choice accompany you to solve your anxiety problems at the source.