What You Need to Know about Alcohol 🍹and Anxiety😱
TV commercials encourage you to have a drink🍹 to relax. However, the relationship between alcohol and anxiety can be more complicated than that. Many adults can safely drink in moderation. For others, alcohol may cause anxiety or aggravate pre-existing conditions.
There are several reasons why alcohol tends to disturb your peace of mind.
Embarrassing yourself at an office party may be an obvious danger, but there's also a molecular explanation. Alcohol causes changes in your brain chemicals, including gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) that’s involved in regulating anxiety.
Your brain adjusts to the sedating effects of alcohol but may have trouble balancing itself again when your blood alcohol content starts to fall. That could leave you feeling more anxious than when you started, and that uneasiness may last for a day or more.
Lifestyle changes and professional help can make a big difference if alcohol and anxiety are disrupting your life. Learn what you can do to turn things around.
Tips for Drinking in Moderation
Prolonged heavy drinking often contributes to anxiety. The CDC recommends limiting yourself to one drink a day for women👩 and two for men👨on