Social Anxiety Support Forum banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
18 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)


If A person gets drunk to lessen SA, will it make the person more anxious when interacting with people when they are not drunk?

The obvious answer is yes. I'm interested in the "why" you think so.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
192 Posts
By dependency I assume you mean psychological dependency since you'd be a hardcore alcoholic if you were physically dependent. I don't really see how unless you have to drink to interact socially. Most of us don't have the luxury of boozing it up every time we face an anxiety inducing social interaction though.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,218 Posts
I wouldn't say it made me more anxious sober, it just didn't allow me to get any better because I did everything drunk.
 

·
Buried at Sea
Joined
·
5,104 Posts
How you act when drunk doesn't necessarily have any effect on how you act when not drunk.
 

·
3rd SAS Battalion
Joined
·
886 Posts
Yes it will make them more anxious for several reasons, and if I know anything in life it's drink and its effect on social anxiety. I was killing myself with the amount of drink I was consuming, a bottle of whisky in the morning plus wine at night.

When you are constantly drunk you're not practising sober socialising, so it become strange to be socialising sober, especially if you already find this difficult. Secondly, the anxiety involved in alcohol withdrawal is absolutely awful, it is the worst anxiety I have ever felt, it is shameful and comes in waves.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
How you act when drunk doesn't necessarily have any effect on how you act when not drunk.
I cant explain why (which pretty much logically makes my argument void) but I believe that it does necessarily affect it one way or the other. It will create a feeling of "I need this to be acceptable and I don't have it". I imagine whats going on psychologically is a lot like the placebo effect.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
38,431 Posts
Everyone should keep in mind that it is possible to enjoy alcohol without getting drunk. As I type this I'm just finishing a glass of whiskey & diet lemonade (2 ounces of whiskey & 8 ounces of lemonade & watered down further by melting ice).

A few hours before that I had a beer.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,661 Posts


If A person gets drunk to lessen SA, will it make the person more anxious when interacting with people when they are not drunk?

The obvious answer is yes. I'm interested in the "why" you think so.
Alcohol depletes vitamins & minerals, affects serotonin, and is speculated to downregulate GABA receptors while upregulating NMDA (accounting for some of the withdrawal). These things, in addition to the psychological effects, are part of why alcohol increases anxiety after it wears off following heavy use.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
298 Posts
I need something to do with my hands when I'm at a party or a bar.

It doesn't have to be alcohol, it could be coke or water.

I tend to smoke too much in such situations. I think raising a cup or a cigarette to my lips is better than standing there doing literally nothing. Of course, talking to someone would be the best thing, but its needless to say, not easy for me.
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top