Are you suffering from panic attacks? Do you still drink alcohol regularly and ask yourself, what effects this can have? Or to what extent does the alcohol change your perception? In this post, I would like to inform you more about the topic “Alcohol and Panic Attacks.”
Symptoms of a Panic Attack
Several times a month they stop by for a visit: Panic attacks; from seemingly out of nowhere. Plus, they are accompanied by physical symptoms that are based on a stress reaction. But, what symptoms are typical during a panic attack?
– Fear to lose control,
– Crazy thoughts to pass out
– Palpitations, racing pulse, irregular heartbeat
– Dry mouth
– Shortness of breath; tightness in the chest
– Nausea and an upset stomach
– Dizziness, drowsiness and weakness
– Tingling in the arms or legs
– A vision where everything seems very far away
– Sweats, hot flashes or cold showers
How does Panic Change through Alcohol Consumption?
What many underestimate: Addiction-forming substances such as sedatives or alcohol interfere with the metabolism of our brain. As a result, thought, perception and psyche change.
And so it is little surprise that frequent fears, delusions, as well as deep depression, are the consequences of long-term alcohol abuse. Thus, a combination of anxiety attacks, alcohol, and other drugs is the worse you can do to yourself.
Conversely, this can also occur in the event of withdrawal. But, quite a few resort again to the bottle, due to the anxiety disorder, and a truly vicious circle begins.
Especially since some doctors prescribe sedatives such as benzodiazepines (present in Xanax, Valium, etc).
This can lead to severe side effects, and these drugs, for their part, have a strong risk of addiction, too!
Thus, perhaps the person concerned will be helped in the short term. In the long term, however, it is rather harmful.
Does Alcohol help against Panic Attacks?
I think each of us knows this situation: You have an important event ahead of you, such as a public speech. You’re nervous – and how!
Some may drink a shot or two of whatever type of alcohol is available, and then – Problem solved! There you stand all relaxed, feeling excellent and so wonderfully light …
Unfortunately, alcohol is almost always and everywhere readily available. Although it seems as if the liquor is helpful in one situation or another, it’s quite the opposite.
Alcohol is not better than any other sedative or narcotic. It just numbs your brain and conceals the symptoms for a short period of time, while crawling up on you in an addictive and destructive way. true healing from panic disorder begins within yourself.
I’ve written an article with lots of helpful tips, some uncommon, tips on how to reprogram your mind and body in order to eliminate panic and anxiety forever.
Can Alcohol cause Panic Attacks?
Watch out, please! First of all, it should be clear that the risk of addiction increases with every glass of alcohol you consume. Plus, do you really want to hang on the bottle for years to come?
Alcohol addiction still seems to get too less recognition, but it poses an extremely potent threat, especially since alcohol is a popular anxiolytic that intervenes massively with your nerve and brain metabolism.
Yes, it seems to ease the anxiety initially. Once some habituation begins to form, however, the anxiety attacks will only get worse due to the alcohol.
Once you’re into the habit of relieving your fear of panic attacks with alcohol regularly, it will take a few months for your body to stabilize again – both during and after alcohol cessation.
And so, after drinking, it might happen that you’ll experience even more frequent panic attacks and some could be stronger than ever before.
You will most likely also develop severe depression that will plunge you into an even deeper valley; next step – Agoraphobia! In the end, you may not be able to leave the house at all.
Not to mention the physical consequences: Increased risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and stomach ulcers, just to name a few.
In short: Alcohol is actually not the solution – but can most definitely become just a further issue.
The true solution to ending panic disorder is the knowledge about its origin and causes. You cannot combat something successfully that’s completely foreign and mysterious to you.
Please, read my article here, so you’ll get familiarized with your “enemy:” – the panic or anxiety disorder.
Alcohol as a problem solver – that might seem quite reasonable at first. Those who suffer from panic attacks primarily experience that the symptoms are significantly attenuated.
Thus, they reach for the bottle, even before a panic attack occurs; at the slightest fear arising until, finally, they’ll do it consistently and repetitively.
This only makes everything worse, because, over time, the habituation effect sets in and you need even more alcohol. Especially since the alcohol changes the perception, and then the panic attacks get really violent.
Many also experience panic attacks when having a hangover the day/night after drinking.
It’s, therefore, advised for everybody to leave their fingers from wine, sparkling wine, beer, and hard alcoholic beverages.
You’re not going to do yourself any favors with drinking booze– on the contrary. These are reasons for panic attacks in the form of a reinforcing effect.
Therefore, think carefully whether you really want to drink alcohol in your respective situations, as the consequences are not always foreseeable.
You Don’t Need to Fight your Symptoms in this Harmful Way!
I’m the living proof that this can be done without any sedatives or other addictive drugs. You will not be capable of believing this now, but after you’ve destroyed this vicious cycle your in, you’ll sit back and muse about how easy it actually was, and how logical at the same time. It will all become so clear to you then.
I can’t tell you what a beautiful and liberating feeling it was. Of course, this transition does not happen overnight. And unfortunately, healing doesn’t allow to be forced, either. The calmer and more patient you are, the faster you will reach your goal.
With me, it took quite some time to get to that point internally; until I had the confidence needed to tell myself: “My body and I, we are strong enough to endure all this together.” And we truly wanted this. Your strong attention, interest, desire, and action to reclaim your health are essential!
Those who choose to hide in the shadows, and wait for someone to combat the disorder for them, will not be able to overcome panic attacks. It sounds harsh, but it is the truth.
Words of Encouragement
Overcoming panic attacks – that’s more than possible. No matter how severe the fear spurts may be and however long they have lasted before.
What is important, however, is that there is an inner willingness to do so. So be open to allow the worst panic, and trust in your physical and psychological strength.
For in-depth help with this, continue reading here. You will discover that there is nothing but your panic consisted only of “the fear of the fear” itself. Overcoming panic attacks, anxiety disorder and even depression is just a matter of the correct knowledge – the Universal wisdom, to be exact. Once you have the right frame of mind, you will soon feel infinitely liberated and wonderfully calm – promised!
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