If you have issues with anxiety or depression or controlling your impulses here are ten good reasons why abstinence from alcohol may be a good idea for you:
- Alcohol interferes with the processes of memory and with new learning.
- Alcohol interferes with normal sleep, which in turn affects energy, mood and anxiety level.
- Alcohol is a direct, central nervous system depressant that interferes with mood stability and promotes depression.
- While alcohol may provide short-term relief when you are anxious, drinking leads to rebound anxiety, which makes matters worse.
- Drinking tends to make us more impulsive.
- The choices we make when we are disinhibited by alcohol are often regrettable, which leads to shame and increases anxiety and depression.
- Alcohol tends to decrease our inhibitions about using other substances.
- Alcohol interferes with the therapeutic effects of prescribed medications, including medications you might be taking for anxiety and depression.
- In addition, alcohol may be dangerous in combination with other medication.
- Alcohol may be triggering of past traumatic experiences that involved alcohol, leading to greater distress, increased shame, depression and anxiety or worse.
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