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Alcohol & Paranoia


Posted by JustMe

Hi there

I have recently found that if I go out drinking the next day I wake up extremely paranoid & anxious. Usually, I find it very hard to get to sleep and if I do manage to nod off my dreams are unpleasant & I keep waking up.

Sometimes I think I can hear or see things and generally have a feeling of unrest where I cant relax or think straight - it's like my mind is racing. I would describe myself as being hyper vigilant and upset. I dont understand why it has only started to happen within this year - the amount and strength of alcohol I drink hasn't changed.

I rarely drink, and apart from this weekend haven't had a drink in 3 months. Now im contemplating not drinking at all.

 Is there a link between alcohol and paranoia?

Thankyou

 
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Ignore Kate's advice to try one drink. If you are alcoholic this will only set up a compulsion to drink more. If you've not drank for 3 moths you will be feeling better, though sometimes it takes 18 months to 2 years to get the mental health truly settled (if you are alcoholic)

But the suggestion to try one drink is cavalier, and foolish.

Your descriptions accurately describe how many people feel after drinking to excess...and for some excess is very little. Body chemistry constantly changes and evolves, and this is the likely reason your reactions to alcohol have changed over time.

You may not be able to drink at all any more. Some people cannot. It is more likely, however, that you must strictly limit your intake to a drink or two. And remember...one drink is much less than the typical restaurant pour.  Try just having ONE  and see how you feel. By the way...this is the recommendation for healthy consumption any way!

Your descriptions accurately describe how many people feel after drinking to excess...and for some excess is very little. Body chemistry constantly changes and evolves, and this is the likey reason your reactions to alcohol have changed over time.

You may not be able to drink at all any more. Some people cannot. It is more likely, however, that you must strictly limit your intake to a drink or two. And remember...one drink is much less than the typical restaurant pour.  Try just having ONE  and see how you feel. By the way...this is the recommendation for healthy consumption any way!

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