Addiction to Alcohol/alchohal/ anxiety

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Hello, thank you for taking the time to advise and help people. My question is as follows. I am anxious by nature. I was a very anxious child, and now as an adult I find that when I think about certain topics I feel very strong waves of panic, I always manage to keep them inside, and drinking helps alleviate the feeling.  However everyone in my family,  I always liked having the occasional drink. But for the past couple of years ice been drinking on most weeknights and lately I've been having multiple drinks a night. However, I very rarely get drunk. I very much dislike the feeling of being drunk. I just find its very difficult to feel relaxed without a couple of drinks. My wife doesn't like it, but since she knows I hate to be drunk she doesnt fuss TOO much. Lately my friends have been teasingly calling me an alcholic. I disregard these comments, but based on your knowledge do u think this kind of drinking is harmful?  I apologize for the length of the question.

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Beverley Glazer MA., ICCAC
Beverley Glazer MA., I  
Hi Charles,

The problem with alcohol is that you build a tolerance to it. This means that you can be drinking more alcohol than is healthy, but you won't be visibly drunk. However, you can be developing a dependency on it.

Your friends may be noticing your increased intake.

It is not advisable to use alcohol to decrease your anxiety. Have you spoken to your family doctor? He/she will be able to tell you if you are in good health, and if necessary prescribe anxiety medication, but you can also learn to relax by using yoga, meditation, sports, the gym etc.

Relying on alcohol to relieve anxiety, can lead you unknowingly down a harmful road.

I hope this information is helpful,

Thank you for asking AllExperts

Regards,

Bev

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I can answer questions on all addictive behaviors: alcohol, drugs, food, compulsive sex, codependency, gambling, compulsive shoplifting etc.

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