Posted by Marlin on November 17, 2003, at 18:18:15
In reply to Re: Does Alcohol give you PANIC/ANXIETY ATTACKS?¿? » Sean P, posted by mrporter1 on November 16, 2003, at 22:56:39
> You're right - we should cut back. Seems so easy. I've thought about this a lot and I just think that for some of us there is so little pleasure and "easy" time - that a pleasurable alcohol experience is hard to resist. It would be so nice to figure out how to drink a moderate amount, enjoy it like normal people and not have a scary, terrible reaction the next day. Thanks for the mag citrate suggestion!
Porter I think you've really touched on something important here. For me, after having horrible bouts of panic for days at a time, sometimes it seems the only time I reach some inner peace is if I'm blasted. And that is indeed hard to resist sometimes. It's like I'd rather take the chance of potentially making things worse by having at least one night of fun, where I can relax and be myself. And then the whole 'friends' issue comes in... it seems right now it's just easier to give in and start drinkin' then explain to my friends why I'm not, or would rather not. Weakness on my part I suppose, but there are no easy answers. I did an experiment 2 years ago where I didn't drink for one month. At the time I was on Paxil and was feeling fine as it was. I lost 15 pounds and still ate like a hog. It was extremely difficult being the only sober guy at the party. I went to a wedding too... very boring. The experiment went well, I felt fine, but I'm just not convinced that quitting drinking altogether will improve my panic. I guess a poor analogy would be that cheeseburgers contribute to being overweight, but it doesn't mean you have to quit eating them forever if you want to stay thin.