Alcohol & Anxiety
Holidays are always a special time of the year.
They’re a time for celebration, reconnecting with friends and family, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. It’s natural to want to relax, unwind, and just have a good time with those around you.
But it’s important to also be mindful of how your alcohol consumption may be impacting your mental and physical wellbeing.
Alcohol can mimic the effects of GABA receptors in the brain. GABA receptors are responsible for sedation and relaxation. So, when you drink alcohol, it often makes you feel more relaxed and chilled, plus, it drastically reduces your inhibitions.
However, after the spike, once these GABA receptors decrease, you’re likely to experience a noticeable drop in mood. This depleted feeling you get the day after drinking is referred to as “beer fear”.
And anxiety can come calling.
If you find yourself feeling anxious and on edge the day after drinking, it may be a sign that you’re overdoing it with alcohol. While it is more than OK to have fun and enjoy a few drinks, it’s just as important to take good care of yourself.
Ultimately, as with everything in life, it’s about moderation and your individual choices – only you can decide what’s healthy and unhealthy for you.
It is possible to still have a great time with friends and family without over-indulging in alcohol.
Look for activities that do not involve your usual drinking rituals. Host an at-home games night instead of going out to pubs or bars. And find other ways to connect with your loved ones without the need for alcohol.
If you keep your alcohol intake in check and look for alternative ways to celebrate with those around you, then you can have a wonderful holiday season. With plenty of mince pies and none of that dreadful anxiety.
Wishing you and yours a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.