Why alcohol can cause anxiety

Asa depressant, alcohol reduces the brain’s activities, including production of endorphins and serotonin.   It results in one temporarily feeling relaxed, but later reduces happiness. If you excessively drink more often, then your brain and the central nervous system possibly master the suppression effect caused by alcohol, which negatively influences the brain in case you suddenly reduce your intake. At this point, you are likely to get in the ‘fight or flight’ state when alcohol gets out of your body; a situation that happens exactly with anxiety, which makes you feel down.

Tips for coping with this effect

I recommend the tips below;

Reduce on alcohol consumption

If you cannot stop drinking completely, I recommend less intake to lower the risk of anxiety symptoms. You can start by tracking your drinking habits to see if it is helping to achieve your goal. It helps an individual become more grounded or level-headed.

Seek professional support

Getting help from a psychologist can help negative emotions or impacts linked to anxiety initiated by alcohol. A specialist can give guidelines with a treatment plan to manage your symptoms.

Barbara Santini

Barbara is a freelance writer and a sex and relationships adviser at Dimepiece LA and Peaches and Screams. Barbara is involved in various educational initiatives aimed at making sex advice more accessible to everyone and breaking stigmas around sex across various cultural communities. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys trawling through vintage markets in Brick Lane, exploring new places, painting and reading.

Mental health expert
MS, University of Latvia

I am deeply convinced that each patient needs a unique, individual approach. Therefore, I use different psychotherapy methods in my work. During my studies, I discovered an in-depth interest in people as a whole and the belief in the inseparability of mind and body, and the importance of emotional health in physical health. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (a big fan of thrillers) and going on hikes.

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