Already anxious today, will drinking alcohol make me worse?? Someone please answer before tonight!

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Today has been awful. Woke up fine, but these lovely little chest pains sent me into a panic.. Not sure why, I guess I just felt like wrapping my kids gifts and crying while locked away in a room.

I took a Xanax so now I'm a bit more calm, but the little twinges of pain that I couldn't pinpoint had me thinking immediately that I was dying. Four hours later, they've calmed down since I've calmed down.

Tonight is a family gathering, which is why i may be so anxious to think about it.. If I drink, will that raise my anxiety? I've read up and saw that drinking calms it because you can relax.. But I've also seen that it makes it worse.. From personal experience, which is it? (I'll have the kids so I'm not talking black out drunk, I'm just meaning a beer or two)

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    I do drink on medication 

    I take Celebrex, Tramadol and Citalopram, Amytryptalene

    If you are careful, know your limit and not be sensible you should be ok, remember the saying never mix the spirit with the vine you should be ok.

    I am a 66 year old man and now reducing my drunk down slowly because of age.

    Tonight I will have a couple of dram Malt Whisky with a half litre of beer and that seems to be my limit. If female and taking other drugs be careful as femails seem to have a lower tolerence towards drink

    Merry Christmas

    BOB

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    Hi,alcohol is a depressant so a glass may help you relax and socialise. As it's a depressant a significant quantity may leave you feeling abit anxious or down the next day. Plus it's not advisable to consume a lot with tranquilliser like xanax. But a glass or 2 shouldn't have any harmful aftereffects or bad feelings next day.Moderation is the key.So relax and enjoy,dont worry

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    Youll find a glass of red wine will help.hope you like red wine.its also good for yr arteries (in moderation lol ) booze will only make you worse in the end if you drink to much as its a depressant. Plus will lead to real health probs if you keep going dwn that route.ive been there done that and it really only helps for a short while.
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    Well.. I decided to have vodka and cranberry juice. I had 1.5 glasses of them. I was loving how I felt (aka normal) around everyone, until my last sip when I realized I had to stop because I could feel a buzz already and had my kids with me. So I stopped and all of a sudden I just felt like my heart was beating out of my chest.. The entire time I didn't worry about my heart, chest pain, etc. Now that I'm gone the heartburn and everything is back. My mom checked my pulse because she thought it felt fast too, but I was only at 80.. Basically if I could have an IV of liquor at all times I would be cured haha. Guess I'll just stick to wine here and there.

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      Lol.do you know that a healthy heart can do a 100BPM all day long with no problem. When you get these palpatations tap yr fingers on yr chest where yr heart is and tap at a slow heart beat like 60 beats a min if you know what i mean .. do this for 5 mins. It will train yr mind to thinking yr heart is beating slow then yr heart rate should slow dwn.this works for me but dont be dissheartened if it dont work the first time. If you tap yr chest .with yr fingers in a heartbeat way then you wnt feel yr heart beat.youll only feel yr fingers making a slow heart beat sound if you get my drift and do that whilst thinking of something that makes you happy and smile.the heartburn might be a combo of booze and stress. Hope this helps a little.
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