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Depression/anxiety after drinking alcohol. Why do I only get like this with alcohol?

Depression/anxiety after drinking alcohol. Why do I only get like this with alcohol?

Choices: I am not sure. Perhaps if you hold in feelings, the alcohol disinhibits you enough to feel them. Alcohol tends to be a depressant over time. Regardless of the reason -clearly alcohol is impacting you negatively. Why continue to drink it you have a bad outcome? ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Does drinking alcohol cause anxiety to get worse?

Does drinking alcohol cause anxiety to get worse?

Yes it can: Drinking alcohol affects all the cells of your body, including the ones in your brain. Especially after a time of "binge" drinking, they withdraw from the alcohol and respond with symptoms like anxiety. Mood changes like depression can happen too. Overall, it's very destabilizing for your entire system. ...Read more

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Can drinking alcohol make your anxiety trigger or will you be fine if you drink just a few?

Can drinking alcohol make your anxiety trigger or will you be fine if you drink just a few?

Play it safe: If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, especially if you are taking medication for it, i'd think it wise to avoid alcohol or to limit yourself to one (not a few) small drink. Read the directions on your prescription and if it says none, that's the correct answer. Just wondering about it means that your own best thinking agrees. Caring about yourself is actually a good thing - take pleasure in it. ...Read more

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How long after taking propranolol (20mg) should I wait before drinking alcohol? I take it for anxiety during presentations. 4 hours? 12 hours? 1 day?

24 hours: Propranolol slows your heart rate. It should be completely out of your system before using alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant which can also slow your heart rate. You should wait 24 hours, even though it may be out of you system a little sooner. ...Read more

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How long could anxiety last once you stop drinking alcohol?

Variable: There is not a simple answer for this question. Many people with alcoholism have been -using alcohol to self medicate anxiety, depression or other conditions. In that situation, detoxification will help rid the brain/body of toxins but will not resolve underlying mental health conditions. Anxiety symptoms may be more prominent as they are no longer being covered up by alcohol. ...Read more

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I have anxiety day after drinking alcohol.. Can I take my ativan (lorazepam) .5 mg ?

Absolutely not: Why drink alcohol if it makes you anxious? That is my first question for you. Your history of pancreatitis suggests that it is not good for. Alcohol and benzos (which includes Ativan) can be a lethal combination. You can do one or the other at any given window of time. Also, talk with your doc about anxiety management. Meditation and relaxation training can help. ...Read more

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I hve anxiety and i never took my pills. I took iron vitmins, i haven't had an attck in 3months. Is drinking alcohol something that would trigger it?

I hve anxiety and i never took my pills. I took iron vitmins, i haven't had an attck in 3months. Is drinking alcohol something that would trigger it?

Yes, definitely ....: Drinking alcohol, can trigger anxiety, especially in someone who has a biological propensity towards having anxiety. So answer is yes, plain and simple. Try aa. ...Read more

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Any suggestions for giving up drinking alcohol for a young woman prone to anxiety/depression?

Yes: Some form of relapse prevention if depression or anxiety worsened after sobriety (to avoid triggering a relapse), like aa meetings, psychotherapy and /or medication is highly recommended. On the other hand, treatment of depression while working on the sobriety might boost motivation and hope to accomplish the desired sobriety. ...Read more

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Hi There, I was just wondering if there are any serious side effects of taking only a few percocets while on pristiq 50mg, and also how dangerous drinking alcohol REALLY is on this anxiety medication. (I am not taking perc's while drinking alcohol though)

Hi There, I was just wondering if there are any serious side effects of taking only a few percocets while on pristiq 50mg, and also how dangerous drinking alcohol REALLY is on this anxiety medication. (I am not taking perc's while drinking alcohol though)

Suspicious: Not enough info. How many is "a few?" Should you be drinking alcohol which is a CNS depressant while taking an anti-depressant, Pristiq (desvenlafaxine)? Why are you taking an opioid which is also a CNS depressant? How close if not together re perc's and alcohol? Not enough info! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more