I know it seems to go against common sense, but, anxiety is actually caused by alcohol consumption. It's not caused while drinking, but it in the aftermath.
To understand how this works you need to understand alcohol's effects on the brain and on the liver. Unfortunately, alcohol damages both the brain and the liver, which are the two parts of the body which have the most control over our mood and anxiety levels.
First, if the liver is damaged it makes it very difficult for your body to produce the neurotransmitters responsible for mood and for keeping our mood calm. The most famous of these neurotransmitters is serotonin, which is the chemical targeted by drugs like prozac and zoloft. It's my believe that if people took better care of their livers they would not need these drugs. A lot of doctors and naturopaths that I've spoken to would agree.
Your brain's neurotransmitter balance is effected by alcohol as these chemical structures are destroyed by alcohol. In addition, alcohol flushes valuable minerals and vitamins out of your body which could have acted as co-factors to build new transmitters. It's really a viscous cycle.
If you drink in moderation, once or twice a week at a lower level (not getting drunk) you're probably not going to have any problems because our bodies are very resilient. However, if you're binge drinking on a regular basis you could be developing a major anxiety disorder now or down the road.
Anxiety, alcohol is a contributing factor, but what can you do to limit it's effects and if you are having anxiety attacks, what can you do to get rid of them? Well, there are many things you can do fortunately. You have to take back control.
First of all, I recommend to anyone who's having panic attacks to go learn some cognitive tools that you can use to self medicate yourself. The One Move Technique from Panic Away is my favorite method and has worked for over 26,000 people.
In addition, if you're going to drink make sure that you're taking vitamin C, a B vitamin complex, and supplemental magnesium. A good lecithin supplement is also important as it protects you from developing a sluggish, fatty liver.
An exercise program and a healthy diet will do wonders to protect your liver and your brain from the ill effects of alcohol as will cutting down on drinking of course. If you think you have a problem with booze seek help immediately.
Ok, now you have a good, diverse arsenal of tools at your disposal to fight anxiety. Alcohol is a wonderful substance if enjoyed in moderation and if you have other healthful factors to support your body.
Please, if you're having panic or anxiety attacks immediately go and learn The One Move Technique because the more panic attacks that you have the more you actually kill brain cells. Of course there is evidence that you can regrow them, but that is a whole other topic.
The Author has fought and won his battle with anxiety attacks, he lives happily in Chicago with his two fish, Mr. Bill and Kate The Terminator.