A 23-year-old male asked:
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although alcohol is a depressent, can it cause paradoxical anxiety during intoxication?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Alcohol intoxication: This depends on the level of alcohol in the blood. At less than 100 mg/dl level, there is impaired coordination & euphoria. At higher levels, there is labile mood, unpredictable behavior & later on respiratory depression & seizures.
Answered on May 10, 2016
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Response to alcohol: Interesting question. I agree with dr. Ali about the differential effects of alcohol depending on quantity consumed. However, i've also had patients who don't like how alcohol makes them feel -- more "out of control, " in some cases. This gets them anxious -- pretty much the opposite of what some people might expect from drinking.
Answered on May 10, 2016

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