Anxiety is something that every human being has experienced during their lifetime. It's a part of being human, and even has benefits in that can motivate people to work harder, or warn you that something is about to go wrong.
When anxiety levels are above normal however, it can really take a toll on the quality of a person's life and well being. Dealing with anxiety in daily life is difficult for anyone to cope with. This is why many individuals with anxiety tend to use alcohol to handle their uncomfortable symptoms. It is also quite common for a person to develop anxiety because of their high alcohol consumption.
Anxiety can be described as an unpleasant feeling of fear and concern over the future. It involves strong apprehension and unease about current or future events. These feelings are normal when felt occasionally at predictable moments, but when they start to occur more frequently and disrupt a person's life, it becomes a problem. Symptoms of anxiety can include several of the following:
-A feeling of apprehension
-Difficulty focusing or concentrating
-Panicking at small obstacles or mistakes
-A feeling of nausea
-A frequent need to urinate
-Shaking or trembling
-Sweating or flushing easily.
Anxiety disorder can really take a toll on a person's ability to enjoy life and feel healthy. All too often, those with the disorder will turn to alcohol to cope. The effects of drinking may seem to calm their nerves at first, but eventually alcohol will only exacerbate the problem.
Self medicating is never the solution to anxiety, as it eventually worsens the symptoms. This is unfortunate because those who suffer from anxiety disorder are almost three times more likely to develop an alcohol dependency than others.
On the other end of the spectrum, alcohol consumption can produce issues in those who have never had a problem with anxiety. This kind of alcohol induced anxiety can produce all of the symptoms mentioned previously, as well as lead to panic attacks.
This is because of the toxins in alcohol and the effect they have on mental and physical functioning. The initial calming effects of alcohol always wear off, and can produce symptoms of anxiety instead.
Alcoholics who are in withdrawal will also experience intense symptoms of anxiety. This can occur along with an attempt to quit drinking, or when a person simply hasn't yet had their first drink of the day. Oftentimes anxiety becomes a regular part of a heavy drinkers daily hangover.
They may try to cope with the feelings by drinking again, only to find that the anxiety returns once again. The only way to escape the cycle of alcohol induced anxiety is to quit drinking altogether. This can be done once a person safely gets through the withdrawal period, and stays sober in some type of recovery program.
There are alternatives to treating anxiety that are safe, effective, and most importantly, are not destructive to one's health. Many who enter recovery find that anxiety symptoms eventually disappear on their own, while others may need additional help with anxiety issues.
Medication for anxiety is another option that can be very effective, along with regular therapy sessions and cognitive behavioral therapy. Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, and meditation are other alternatives that can be very helpful.
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