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Drinking to make the anxiety go away

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mightymapogos

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Its a vicious circle that i cant seem to break. The drink has got a hold of me. Its great when im drinking as the anxiety goes away but then afterwards its 10 times worse so then i drink again to mask out the anxiety. I also suffer from depression. I take 30mg citalopram a day. Im mark by the way, 30 years old. I just dont know what to do.
 
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It's a battle my friend, I can't seem to beat it either. Getting on here and talking about it, is a step in the right direction.
 
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Hey Mark (welcome to the forum btw!), I once too battled with the booze in order to keep anxiety under wraps. I found I was caught up in the vicious circle you are describing. I had to get treatment for two separate issues (addiction and then MH issues). It certainly complicated things! It's possible to beat it though.
These days I only have 1-2 drinks per month and only ever drink socially (never alone).
Have you thought about seeking help for your alcohol issues before? Talking about it here is a great start (so well done!), but I believe this must be followed up with offline support like your GP or support groups (like Alcoholics Anonymous or similar).
I had a great support network around me when I stopped bingeing on alcohol. I think that's key to success. I'm wondering who you have in your network of supports to help you stop?
 
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I would just add that if you drive and have a drinking problem, a GP may report you to the DVLA and they may suspend your licence for a year after you cease drinking entirely. It might be best to suggest you are slightly dependent but not out of control.
 
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Hi I have mental health problems and have been drinking for many different reasons for over six years defenatly agree with you about anxiety just been prescribed tablets to stop craving find them helpful and I have started drinking less but now felling even more anxiety
 
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I was the same, I’m not really a drinker, but I had a little drink on Christmas Day and all my worries and anxiety were gone! It was the best mood I had been in for a while. Every night after that I decided to get myself a few beers. Lasted for about 2 weeks and I realised it doesn’t really help, it just temporarily postponed the anxiety! Now that I’m back on antidepressants I don’t even feel the urge to have a drink. I understand how some people turn to drink or maybe drugs, but the only way to treat anxiety is to accept it and learn to cope with it.

I hope you feel better soon.
 
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Good luck, get yourself down to AA or something even if you don’t feel like it’s ‘that bad’, perhaps they can support you in getting to the root of your problems.
drinking and hang overs are such a massive waste of time and money (I’ve been there) - is there maybe something else you would like to look forward to doing in the future instead?
When and where are you drinking, can you find something else to do instead and a different group of friends?
 
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Yeah go to AA most weeks trying to do different things get a lot of support. things are changing but my clozaril zonkes me out finding this forum very helpful got ocd issues as well normally drink on my own got a few good friends
 
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Maybe you can go more often, don’t some people go to meetings every day?
Sounds like you have some difficult challenges but that things might be improving for you? Could you speak to your doc if you have concerns about your meds? 😊 I like this forum too, it’s stopped me from freaking out tonight!
 
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Yeah AA have groups most days but you have to travel to different venues no I'm diagnosed schizophrenic so they won't advise me to stop taking meds been on so many different tranquillisers
 
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Chrismcc1

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Drink is never the answer. It will only make things worse. I lost my dad on new years eve. He got diagnosed with lung cancer and less than four weeks later he died of pneumonia. Its thrown my world upside down. The doctors have given me propranolol for the anxiety I'm suffering. I actually went out last week with friends and had a few drinks( just socially not to get rid of anxiety) and the next day my anxiety was through the roof. It's not worth it. TALK it's the best medicine honestly. I've seen first hand the effects of alcohol its really not worth it. Look after yourself
 
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OK thanks for the advice how wierd your in the big apple
 
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Chrismcc1

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Not the big apple. I live in York in North Yorkshire. Download an app called headspace. You get a 14 day free trial. Its meditation. It's fantastic. I thought it sounded a bit silly initially. But honestly its really calms me down and zens me out
 
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Oh sorry is that near Leeds. I go to the Quakers they have a type of silent meditation twice a week.
 
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