Drinking can be fun, but it can also come with some negative consequences. Some of these side effects can hurt our physical health, but others can also affect us mentally. If you find that your mood shifts after a night of drinking, you may be exhibiting some signs that alcohol is giving you anxiety. You may not even realize that your drinking is related to your anxiety, but you might be surprised to find out how much alcohol can effect how you feel, not only right after you drink, but even days later.
"It’s not uncommon for people to relax or want to unwind with a glass of wine or a beer," says Kim Raby, LMHC over email. "Alcohol is a sedative and a depressant and as a result, can have a calming and relaxing effect. However, alcohol is also a toxin that can wreak havoc on the body, both psychologically and physically. It changes levels of serotonin and affects neurotransmitters in the brain. This can not only create symptoms of anxiety, but can worse any anxiety disorder someone may already have."
If you suffer from anxiety and think it may be from drinking, pay attention to these nine signs that alcohol is giving you anxiety.