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Help please! when one is an alcoholic does the alcohol help their emotional problem?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: No, it masks it

Alcohol doesn't truly "help" and certainly does not solve any problems, emotional or otherwise.
What it does is cover whatever issues there are with a haze, and might temporarily reduce anxiety/depression about it, but ultimately may well make it worse, particularly if the alcohol use becomes more extensive and brings its own problems.

In brief: No, it masks it

Alcohol doesn't truly "help" and certainly does not solve any problems, emotional or otherwise.
What it does is cover whatever issues there are with a haze, and might temporarily reduce anxiety/depression about it, but ultimately may well make it worse, particularly if the alcohol use becomes more extensive and brings its own problems.
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