anxiety after drinking

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Hi,

I've suffered with anxiety and depression for about 10 years - in everyday life I have learnt to cope with the majority of my symptoms and have accepted this is just a part of me. However after a night drinking I will shoot awake after a few hours sleep with my heart pounding,crying uncontrollably, I feel absolutely worthless and have thoughts of self harm which some times I act upon. These feelings absolutely terrify me. It doesn't happen every time I drink but happens more when I have been drinking with a group of people and I have wondered if I have a form of social anxiety? (I constantly worry what people think of me and that I may have offended somebody) after the panic attack has subsided I will then feel extremely low for days after. I do enjoy drinking but the way I feel afterwards is really not worth it and think I am going to avoid drinking from now on. Does anyone else suffer from this?

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    Hi are you taking meds with the drinking as i would be very concerned if you are. Drinking is a depressant in its self which will not help with your depression or anxiety. Would be best to lay off the drink for a while and see if it makes any difference, you could still go out and have non alcohol if that's what you want to do. Lots of people don't drink and enjoy, its the company that counts. Hope this helps.
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      Thanks for your reply, I have taken meds in the past but I am not on them anymore. I think ur right I do need to lay off drinking for a while and see how I go, the repercussions are not worth it and as a whole it will be healthier for me! 
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    Hi Gem, 

    It seems more like the after effects of alcohol, rather than social anxiety as it happens when you're at home (after drinking) rather than in the situation.

     I get similar symptoms after drinking, so I don't drink anymore. Alcohol makes your heart race, often makes people feel nauseous, and acts as a diuretic (dehydrates you) and pubs/clubs are often very over crowded, and hot, dehydrating you further. Alcohol also effects your sleeping patterns, and is a depressant, so can affect your mood. Seeing as you say that you already suffer from anxiety and depression, it's probably best if you stop drinking/strictly limit your drinks. 

    Hope this helps smile 

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      Thanks for your reply it really helps to know I'm not alone in having  this, I've tried talking to friends and my husband but they can never fully understand as it doesn't happen to them and it's hard to describe how it makes me feel. I think it Is the affects of the alcohol leaving my body. Definitely need to lay off the alcohol, it scares me that one day it could lead me to do something silly when it's happening. 
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      I always used to feel shakey/panicky when drinking, but I think for me, it was more the effects of the alcohol on me, rather than my anxiety. But I haven't drank alcohol for a year and a half and that's caused no problems when I go out, even though my friends all drink. smile
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