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think4yourself March 13th, 2015 5:08am

A lot of people have an alcoholic drink to relax. Can alcohol be considered a stress management therapy?

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mugendraco Alabama
03/13/15 4:15 pm

Depends on how your body reacts to it. For me, definitely.

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typetype level 2 pretty
03/13/15 1:27 pm

Alcohol is a medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It's used to clear dampness, and circulate qi, not to get drunk or alleviate stress. πŸ₯🍺🍸🍹🍷πŸ₯😲

think4yourself Not a safe space
03/13/15 6:29 pm

You ever had some of that traditional white lightning they make? One cup would knock most people down.

MrMilkdud Pref pronouns Thou Thee
03/13/15 9:27 am

Sure, why not. In moderation, alcohol is good for you.

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EarlyBird Portland
03/13/15 6:01 am

Drinking does the opposite of relaxing to me. If makes me more talkative and energized.

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Maynard Londor
03/13/15 10:07 am

For me the first drink or two is relaxing and claming, while anything past that is an over-talkative (I'm already a talkative person) mess

EarlyBird Portland
03/13/15 12:22 pm

Whenever I need to get a lot of housework done in a short amount of time, I have 2 glasses of wine and watch out! I can get more done in 4 hours, than 2 days at normal pace. πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

Maynard Londor
03/13/15 12:58 pm

Ha my girlfriend is the same way. She cleans when she drinks.

SticksandStones Proud Prude
03/13/15 4:58 am

It's not a healthy one.

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think4yourself Not a safe space
03/13/15 11:05 am

Actually there are many studies that show drinking in moderation is healthy.

SticksandStones Proud Prude
03/13/15 11:27 am

Well if most people drank every time they were stressed, it would not be in moderation.

think4yourself Not a safe space
03/13/15 11:45 am

Many people have a drink for relaxation and in moderation. Wine is a staple for dinner in many countries.

MrsCzarCastic
03/13/15 4:35 am

Having a drink relaxes some people but it isn't the healthiest way to manage stress. You're better off exercising, meditating, writing, etc.

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Torfin Never Behind
03/13/15 2:17 am

It is called Self-medication

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badattitude no place like home
03/13/15 12:16 am

I'm relaxing with a nice bourbon right now.

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think4yourself Not a safe space
03/13/15 2:15 am

Never had it. Sounds worth the try.

iPolitix Political Party Animal
03/12/15 10:51 pm

That would be alcoholism. 🍻 Cheers!

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think4yourself Not a safe space
03/12/15 11:09 pm

You don't think someone can drink in moderation and not be an alcoholic?

iPolitix Political Party Animal
03/12/15 11:17 pm

That would likely be ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE (DSM-IV-TR). Regularly drinking "socially" until "buzzed" (which is drunk) is not a pro-social coping mechanism & symptomatic of other disorders. I'm not judging, just saying what it is.

think4yourself Not a safe space
03/12/15 11:23 pm

How different is it from other anti anxiety medications? Would you say those people are drug addicts? What if people don't have to have a drink, but just choose to because it relaxes them like a hot bath?

iPolitix Political Party Animal
03/12/15 11:33 pm

Of course it's self medication & actually may work better than most psychotropics. But then it's more abused than pharmaceuticals & causes 88k deaths/year/US (CDC), thus can be more dangerous.

iPolitix Political Party Animal
03/12/15 11:33 pm

There's nothing wrong with moderate drinking (but "buzzed" is drunk & leads to organ damage & early death). Anyone who regularly needs to drink to relax has deeper issues that should be discussed w/their therapist.

think4yourself Not a safe space
03/12/15 11:35 pm

Except therapists are more messed up then the general population. Lol.

iPolitix Political Party Animal
03/12/15 11:39 pm

True, true. You have to watch out for the quacks πŸ₯

Maynard Londor
03/13/15 10:11 am

As a future therapist, I'll attested to that.