alcohol and anxiety

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   Posted 3/16/2010 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
So I have always been someone who drinks occasionally and never gets drunk. I like to get a slight buzz and enjoy myself and relax. It has been quite some time since I drank, though because of my anxiety. I didn't want to touch anything "mind-altering" so to speak.

So last night I was at my boyfriends house and drank about half of a shiner and just started feeling very very anxious. I wasn't feeling anything from the alcohol but it's like I was afraid that I was going to get drunk magically or something. I want to be able to just drink to get a slight buzz, but how can I when I have a panic attack everytime I take a sip of a beer?

Does anyone else have this problem, or any suggestions? I'm assuming this is probably common, so any input would be great. :) I just want to go back to being the fun-loving me, and I have almost completely accomplished that, but there's still some things that get to me.

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   Posted 3/17/2010 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Alchohol is a depressant, so it could very well be the culprit of your anxiety attack. Maybe its something you need to stay away from? Just a thought!
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   Posted 3/17/2010 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I think Nanners has given great input i hv not drank for 31 yrs today.....take care n hope you get a handle on this
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   Posted 3/17/2010 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I found out the hard way a couple of weekends ago that alcohol and anxiety do not mix. I ended up in the E.R. because it flared up my anxiety so much to the point that I literally thought I was about to DIE....Needless to say the E.R. staff looked at me like I was insane because they knew it was alcohol related (so embarassing)shakehead So, what i've learned is,  as an anxiety sufferer, I must drink very, very lightly, or not at all...

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   Posted 3/18/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I understand how you feel I drink on occasions but I am so worried about experiencing the "drunk" feeling that I think worying about it alone flares up the anxiety. Also Ive heard a few people say that having a hangover the next day sparks their anxiety too. So in my opinion even though it may relax you it can also contribute to your anxiety. I wish I could go back to being the fun loving me too but its a work in progress. And I agree with you... very, very light or not at all!

This too shall pass...

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   Posted 3/20/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
You can be fun loving and have a great time imho without the booze......i do wish you all the best......lyn
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