Besides feeling less nervous, does Ativan make you look less nervous?Ativan. Unless drinking was part of the social situation.. then drinking.
If not, id recommend taking an ativan. Then going for a 10-15 minute briskish walk to gather the thoughts.
You'll be money!
Can alcohol help with panic attacks?Alcohol if it was part of the social situation. Giving a presentation while a tad intoxicated clearly would be a terrible idea. At a party, your mind doesn't need to be quite so sharp, so doesn't matter.
Why: because alcohol is far more relaxing than Ativan.
Official SAS reply: alcohol is bad.Can alcohol help with panic attacks?
Typing on a forum is different than an interaction irl with people. You can take your sweet time typing coherently, edit, and spell check /grammar check. IRL you are expected to respond immediately. From personal experience, (alcohol calms down, while Ativan makes me think and talk like I haven't slept in two days). Of course people react differently to pharmaceuticals, and no one size fits all.Odd how I manage to post coherently while my whole brain is shut down, though in my case by Xanax.