Alcohol and Anxiety

Woman underwater with alarm clock alcohol and anxiety

Does alcohol drown out your natural ability to tame your anxiety?
Anxiety that’s screaming to just be understood and heard
Like a woodpecker or similar determined bird?

Does your anxiety just want to deviously play?
Or could it have something important to say?
If we continue to ignore it every day
Why doesn’t it just give up
And go away?

I think the problem could be
We need to listen to our anxiety
But alcohol drowns out the frequency
So the message can’t be delivered

Like something trying to get through to us spiritually
But we can’t hear because the alcohol distraction is too loud

I wonder if we just tried to listen
We wouldn’t need to be on this “Merry” go round ?

What if the “big bad wolf” anxiety
The “scary” entity outside our door
Needed to tell us something important
But we didn’t want to listen before?

woman behind red bars alcohol and anxiety

If you are drinking to drown your fears
It’s a futile thing
You’ll never win
Your demons can swim

Sit with the discomfort and the emptiness here
Don’t try to fill it up with wine
Or you will be the one to drown
Over time

Sitting across from your demons
Face to face
Whilst not swigging something toxin laced
You can better deal with them with a clear head
And find the right ways
To put them to bed

But if they are too big to conquer tonight
Distract yourself with what makes your heart light
There’s no particular way that’s right
Think about your worries tomorrow instead
And try to have a restful night ❤😴💤

woman with tea relaxing alcohol and anxiety

More Reading on Alcohol, Anxiety and Sobriety

I listened to someone describe the following ground exercise to help when anxiety gets overwhelming.  She called it 5,4,3,2,1.

5:  What are 5 things that you SEE, around you, right now?

4:  What are 4 things you HEAR, right now? 

3:  What are 3 things you are TOUCHING, right now? 

2:  What are 2 things that you SMELL, right now? 

1:  What is 1 thing that you TASTE, right now?

Don’t leave one group until your brain answers each question…. wait until you acknowledge each thing.  It’s not a race, it’s a way to ground yourself.  Remind yourself that you ARE okay, there’s no need to fight, flight, or freeze.  

Alcohol & Panic Attacks – How Alcohol Abuse Can Worsen Anxiety

‘Hangxiety’: why alcohol gives you a hangover and anxiety

Chronic Drinking Increases Cortisol Levels

Mutiny of the Soul

Staring it Right in the Eyes


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“I think I have a problem with drinking”

How do you go Sober? ( more reading in blue titles)

B Be accountable Talk to Us We Understand
A Avoid alcohol like the plague  Ideas Here
L Let yourself enjoy regular sober treats  Ideas Here
A Allow yourself to cry when needed  Ideas Here
Nourish your body with good food  Ideas Here
C Create happy & fun memories  Ideas Here
E Enjoy the precious moments in your day Ideas Here

W Work hard to get what you want Ideas Here
O Organise things for less stress  Ideas Here
Realise you can’t control it all Ideas Here
K Keep going & prepare for success Ideas Here
S Sleep enough for body & mind rest Sleep Solutions

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