Alcohol and panic attacks? Bad, bad idea!
People suffering from panic attacks or panic neurosis, are in a constant fear of another attack. Many patients prefer to stay at home, worrying that panic attack can happen in a “wrong place”. Therefore, it is not surprising, that people are looking for easy way to relieve and even prevent panic attacks. So, among various available “drugs” people often choose alcohol. Some of them are trying to get rid of fear in this way and reduce the attack severity.
Alcohol and panic attacks are often connected. After drinking alcohol before leaving the house on the friend’s advice, or on own initiative, a man feels confident for some time, he feels that he can overcome the attack. Over time, he has to double and triple the usual amount of alcohol, as it does not bring the desired effect any more. A man can wake up at night in a cold sweat and go out to look for another bottle of alcohol, thus the limits between panic attack and alcohol abuse become blurred.
Such patients think that they can relax their nerves by constant smoking, drinking plenty of strong tea or coffee, that is, drinks with a large dose of caffeine. But alcohol is their last resort. What happens in reality? The patient excites his nervous system with stimulants, making it stretched to the limit, confronting with fear and panic. Eventually, alcohol abuse and use of other stimulants lower the threshold of panic attacks, but very often the reverse effect occurs and the likelihood of attack development increases.
Why alcohol does not help against panic attacks?
If a person suffers from panic attacks and life becomes a real torture, a temptation of mixing alcohol with sedatives, such as barbiturates appears. The patient thinks that in this case he will be able to abate the symptoms of panic, and get the strength to bear this attack. But subsequently he finds that this treatment works for a very short time, and a long-term use of alcohol can only aggravate fears.
In such situations, even allowing for the fact that alcohol is a secondary issue, it leads to the addiction and hinders the healthy performance of internal systems of the body. First the liver suffers, then the stomach and brain. In the background of these problems, the serious structural damage and psychological problems develop, including chronic panic attacks. In case of a feedback, if the alcohol abuse appears earlier then the symptoms of panic attacks, an exacerbation of anxiety neurosis occurs under the influence of alcohol. Then the excessive drinking becomes a separate issue, which requires a special treatment.
Alcohol and panic attacks. Treatment.
If the panic neurosis occurs on a background of chronic alcoholism, its treatment can be very difficult. Statistics reveals that this problem often occurs among top managers and CEOs. Panic attacks, which occur due to the alcohol overdose, appear as unexplainable fear, when a person thinks that the heart stopped beating. Also, the typical symptoms in this situation are excessive sweating, nervous irritability, chills, dizziness, shortness of breath. Often the lightheadedness and tremor occur.
Having carefully studied the panic attacks and vegetative crises, the scientists concluded that the occurrence of panic attack after the alcohol consumption develops due to the irritation of gastrointestinal tract with alcohol. The peculiarity is that a panic attack can not be prevented by using the hangover pills. In result, the stomach is exposed to gastritis, since any preparation, containing acetylsalicylic acid, provokes inflammation of the stomach. Thus, the comprehensive solution and normalization of the bowel function is important for the effective treatment of panic attacks.