Wednesday 21 September 2016

What Is Drinking With Anxiety Like?


I thought that today I would do a post about anxiety and drinking because I always get quite a few questions/enquiries on it and I think that it will just be easier if I explain everything via this post then I can just point to the post when I get asked a question about it.

Credit to Michelle for taking this photo! 

If you have been reading the blog for a while then you will know that I suffer from depression and anxiety and I openly talk about it on social media and on the blog and I have also mentioned quite a lot that I can't get drunk due to anxiety and it seems weird to anyone that I mention that to. The simple thing is that alcohol releases endorphines and slowly makes you see things a certain way which causes adrenaline which for most is a good thing but isn't for anyone with anxiety as it then causes a panic attack. My mind notices this and instead of going panic panic panic, you don't know whats happening, it decides to ride it out and just goes stay with it so I don't get drunk but I just notice where I am and whats going on around me a bit more. This normally means I'm the friend who shouldn't be looking after people but who ends up looking after people.

I know that this seems weird and that you're thinking that I must get drunk at some point but I don't and its weird. I realise where I am, get kind of tipsy for ten minutes and then I realise where I am and then I'm like, 'I know where I am, I know what's going on. It's alright.'

Honestly, being like this puts you off wanting to go out/drinking as you realise what the world turns into when the night sky is about but its also interesting at the same time.

Anyways, I thought that I would just kind of explain that a bit. I hope that you have found this post interesting and I hope that you come back for the next blog post!

Jamie x

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