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The Effects of Alcohol Induced Anxiety

Alcohol Induced Anxiety

Millions of people worldwide are subject to the horrible effects of panic and anxiety. Most of those people are also predisposed to alcohol abuse, as alcohol tends to mitigate the horrible effects of anxiety because of its sedating properties. Unfortunately, this comes as a double-edged sword, as excessive drinking will eventually lead to Alcohol Induced Anxiety.

I have personally authored various articles on the subject of anxiety, panic and depression. In most cases anxiety develops from unwanted effects stemming from strange and uncomfortable sensations. Simply put, that is to say if you are predisposed to panic and anxiety, then the effect of anxiety will without doubt create sensations within you that will propel you into an Alcohol Induced Panic Attack, which afterwords may potentially lead you into a state of Alcohol Induced Depression.

To qualify that statement, I would like to first go over some of the biological effects of excessive drinking. Then we’ll return to how it relates to panic and anxiety.

01. After drinking excessively you will experience horrible headaches, as the high alcohol levels in the body will lead to dehydration. This dehydration will also cause intense dry mouth and throat, and an all over feeling of intense stiffness. Dehydration however, not only affects your brain, but also reacts with every other organ in the body. As a matter of fact, it would be much more accurate to say it affects all the cells that make up your body. All living things (including us) are mostly composed of water, and much like a plant, once we dry up, we wilt, and ultimately, if we continue to dehydrate, we will die. It’s no great surprise then, that dehydration by itself will cause very uncomfortable sensations within your body, and if you are predisposed to anxiety to begin with, then these effects will surely put you on the path to an Alcohol Induced Panic Attack.

02. Sensitivity to environmental stimulus – After a bout of excessive drinking, you will find that you are unable to handle noises or bright lights. This problem is brought upon by the fact that alcohol causes the central nervous system to become hyperactive. When this occurs, every sensory feeling that you have will heighten, thereby making you many times more sensitive. For sufferers of anxiety, this is simply not good. Anxiety is created by sensations that trigger an increased flow of adrenaline, which in turn triggers the attack. Therefore, it is safe to say that hyper-sensitivity is not good for those attempting to remain calm and free of panic and anxiety.

03. Nausea and vomiting is also common as this is the body’s way of ridding itself from the alcohol. The increased levels of digestive chemicals causes the pain, nausea and vomiting to occur. Here again we have a created uncomfortable sensations that can create a panic attack to occur.

04. Another anxiety causing effect is fatigue, which is brought upon by low blood sugar levels. Blood sugar is one of the chemicals that are responsible for making sure that the muscles in the body have enough energy to function properly. Low blood sugar levels can cause the body to not have enough energy, which in turn causes mental sensations of worry, fear and ultimately panic to develop.

05. As your body works on ridding itself of the poisonous toxins, and your organs try to play “catch-up”, you will also be going into a state of alcohol withdrawal. Typical symptoms include but are not limited to; profuse sweating, tremors, and you will feel dizzy, light headed or disoriented, and may experience a pronounced loss of short term memory, sometimes referred to as a blackout. The more alcohol that you consumed, the more pronounced and long lasting these uncomfortable effects will be.

06. The effects of the hangover will compound upon themselves, and as the strange and uncomfortable sensations within your body heighten, the fear and worry will increase, which will turn to panic. The increasing levels of panic will cause a sudden surge of adrenaline into your bloodstream, which will immediately raise your already elevated heart rate (as a result of dehydration) to dangerously high levels. That inconjunction with the low levels of electrolytes, normally used to maintain proper heart function, may cause your heart to beat erratically or even go into full blown cardiac arrest and eventual death; depending of course on your overall health and how often you binge drink.

07. Hospitalization may be required depending on the severity of the Alcohol Poisoning.

From this, we can surmise that excessive alcohol intake to self medicate against the effects of anxiety is NEVER a good idea. Sure one or two glasses is generally okay, but mind numbing abuse is potentially a deadly choice. There are so many more options available besides the abuse of alcohol, that you really owe it to yourself to seek safe, natural and proven techniques.

I hope this article has helped steer you in making the right choice for yourself and your family. Please remember that alcohol can be very poisonous when abused, and although it may work as a short term solution to anxiety, it will ultimately perpetuate it in ways that will make it increasingly more difficult for you to manage.

Seek help for your self, and strive to live a healthy life. Anxiety and panic will be cured.

Thank You,

Greg Wilson

All material provided in these articles are for informational or educational purposes only. No content is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your physician regarding the applicability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your symptoms or medical condition.

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