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Moderate Alcohol Consumption and Next Day Mood

Posted by Prefect on May 1, 2013, at 22:07:55

I've enjoyed a drink or two a night for years. But I've been tiptoe'ing around alcohol very carefully since my panic disorder/agoraphobia relapse last year, ensuring my alcohol consumption does not overlap with situations that cause me anxiety, so that my brain does not begin to see alcohol as treatment for the condition, and also does not interfere with desensitization to anxiety causing stimulus.

When I'm at home at nights, I'm very calm and serene, which is when I usually allow myself alcohol. I may have one or two. Some nights I may have a few more, but not often, it's usually because it's the weekend and I'm staying up playing my guitar or watching TV.

And some nights I don't consume alcohol at all. And this is where my bizarre observation comes in. One thing I've noticed, which strikes me as a little strange, is the nights I drink - whiskey especially - even one or two shots, not enough to even give me a buzz, the next day I tend to be a little calmer than days when I didn't consume any alcohol at all the night before.

This may be my imagination, or just a coinsidence. I'm just wondering if anyone else has had this effect. Can a drink or two of an alcoholic substance have theraputic effects on brain chemistry that last the next day after the alcohol has left your system? I'm wondering if there's been any research on this.




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