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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-10-2010, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Does alcohol make your SA worse?

While I'm drunk its all happiness and giggles but when the drunkenness wears off I end up feeling really emotional.

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It does for me, in that it interferes with my medication. The day after, I'm just terrible.
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I don't think so. I don't drink large amounts frequently enough to know. I've certainly never been more anxious while drinking.
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While drunk, it helps a lot. The next day, it's anxiety over-load, as some memories of the previous night start to come back to me, and I'm very embarrassed.
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I think it depletes your mineral reserves like sugar does which causes anxiety. a hangover is like the shakes from too much sugar
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Alcohol and medications is playing with fire, you never know how they may react together, I know when I just have a few beers I am very depressed the next day and depression is not usually a problem for me. Alcohol as a medication is far worse, being drunk and feeling happy is not a healthy way to deal with SA at all, it can have lasting effects that end up being far worse and you are not really solving any problems only creating more.
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I wouldn't say it makes it worse. I find that alcohol helps a lot, but obviously only when I'm drunk. It helps me be more open and social, and lowers my inhibitions and self-consciousness. Sometimes it can be quite wonderful, feeling almost normal, enjoying talking with people and interacting in a group. I don't think of it as a cure though, because once I'm sober again, it's back to same old SA s***... I don't want to become an alcoholic.
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Alcohol does make it worse for me.
I haven't really noticed feeling bad the day after, but while drinking I sometimes just shut completely down and can think of nothing other than how I can't say anything, don't fit in and just want to get away :\

Every signature I come up with my SA shoots down as being not interesting enough...
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post #10 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-11-2010, 09:50 AM
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It helps me with anxiety but i pay for it the next day with depression a lot of the time, i rarely drink anymore.

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Liquid courage my friend, but alcohol is a downer drug and the next day you will be a little depressed and like **** depending how much your drank.
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Actually, alcohol cancels out my SA and depression -- for a while. Then, like most of you have said, the next day is pure agony.

My last experience with alcohol wasn't fun at all (let's just say I spent most of my time in the bathroom), so I haven't touched alcohol for a long time. Important lesson for today: don't mix alcohol and Zoloft.

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It definitely makes my SA go away some. I don't think twice about doing menial SA things (getting up and going to the bathroom, walking in front of people, talking aloud, etc). But I've never been so drunk to the point that I could go up to anybody and talk to them. Even intoxicated I still am somewhat aware and self conscious about talking to people, but not nearly as bad as when I'm sober. But then again I don't think I've ever been that drunk.
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Alcoholc is a depressant, so after the drunkness and sugar wears off, your left with that. I usually find drinking helps squash anxiety into a little worm, but only in moderation, cuz otherwise youll be embarressed the next day.
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Alcohal increases my anxiety when I drink a significant amount... When at social events, I may have 1 shot max. Either that or I will sip on a margarita for the entire night and not finish it. Anything more than that and I feel like my world is ending. It's quite annoying.
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I've only been drunk once. I didn't do anything stupid so I didn't have anything to be embarrassed about in the morning, but I remember that while I wasted, I felt more connected, laid back, talkative, comfortable, and less self conscious than I'd ever felt around my friends while sober. =/
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With or without alcohol I'm still depressed and my mind just keeps going out of control.
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Sometimes it makes me more sociable (although apparently I start talking over people - maybe cos i'm so used to not being able to get what I wanna say out) but then sometimes it makes me even more paranoid that noone wants to talk to me and everyone else seems to be having a great time and i'm not soooo swings and roundabouts I guess...
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I'm a happy drunk but if I go way overboard, I get extremely anxious to get home. Once I'm home, I'm fine, but I hate being extremely drunk. I get so paranoid and scared.
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I don't know what it does to it, because it blocks it out.
Hey, a weird thing I noticed a couple years ago - Id go out to the pub to drink the anxiety away. After 1-2 pints Id feel normal, and considered myself soba with no anxiety, after 4-8 pints om drrrumk, but after i get home, Im suddenly two pints more drunk, as i have relaxed after getting in.
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