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Re: depression and alcohol--is my pdoc right? Phillipa

Posted by yxibow on April 10, 2009, at 2:24:09

In reply to Re: depression and alcohol--is my pdoc right?, posted by Phillipa on April 9, 2009, at 12:16:19

> I always felt great on six beers and a mere .25 xanax. Quit as pdoc put me on chloral hydrate and benzos and said no drinking now. He knew what I drank long story of the change in his thinking. No longer take the chloral hydrate and way down on benzos so how come so tired? Used to have so much energy don't get it. Phillipa

I think I posted on this before, and its not to chide -- I'm not a teetotaler, with medication I used to be able to drink on occasion 3 drinks at a bar or something but now I can only carefully drink one drink slowly, give or take.

Alcohol isn't the greatest solution to depression although a number of people turn to it -- yes, you'll get GABA and dopamine activity but in the end the results are very temporary.

Six beers 7 days a week is an amazing liver tolerance and 6300 calories a week, a bit less with light beer, about 2 pounds gain a week unless you burn the calories. If that were shots of liquor, 4300 calories. Still "6 drinks" and a potential for alcohol poisoning for those who have a light weight.

I would say moderation in all things -- a toast to friends, and especially drinking a little bit socially is better than drinking in isolation which has other psychological ramifications -- I can remember a time of binge drinking in college, one of the few times I drunk myself under the table with wine because basically I had rather bad dysthymia.

Anyhow, just an opinion

-- Jay




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