Many people stressed out with their jobs, relationships, and other things in their life feel that alcohol can help take the edge off their anxieties.

There’s nothing wrong with having one small drink if you’re not driving. However, some people feel that drinking will magically take away their problems. The fact of the matter is alcohol will just make matters worse.

Here are 8 reasons why alcohol is not the answer regardless of your problems.

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  1. Learn from others. There are many people who started to drink on a regular basis. Eventually, these people started to drink more and more and, eventually, they became an addict. The key is to know your limit on how much you can drink so you don’t become addicted to alcohol and have to go to rehab.
  2. There is no quick fix. Alcohol is not a quick fix in getting rid of your problems. The best way to help solve your issues is to talk to a professional who can give you constructive ways to manage your problems. Talk to your doctor to help find a professional counsellor in your area.
  3. Alcohol can lead to more problems. Many people who drink a lot of alcohol do not know their limits and end up driving home. Drunk driving is a serious matter, and deciding if you’re capable of driving after you drink can be a difficult decision to make. Alcohol can also make your stressful problems even worse if you become overly dependent on it for feeling better in the long run.
  4. Alcohol and your mental health don’t mix. Many people who have mental health issues may use alcohol to avoid their fears, anxieties, and depression. This is a mistake. Alcohol will make your mental health issues even more difficult to manage. Focus on other constructive ways to handle your mental health issues.
  5. Your prescribed medications and alcohol don’t work well together. Many people take medicine from their doctors for various reasons. Using alcohol while you’re taking your medications can make you sleepy and have other side effects. Read your medicine labels or talk to your doctor about whether you should drink alcohol along with your medicines.
  6. Alcohol can give you a false sense of reality. Many people drink so they can be popular and fit in with the right people. Although this may be true in the short run, using alcohol to help your status will make things worse whenever you stop drinking. This could lead you to face a reality in which you’re not as popular or as well liked as you thought, and this could result in getting depressed and disappointed. The key is to be yourself and not use alcohol to boost your reputation.
  7. Alcohol can cause you to lose control. Many people who drink a lot are not aware of their surroundings and this can make them vulnerable. Bad things can happen to people who are unaware of their surroundings because they’re drunk. Don’t let alcohol put you in a position where someone could take advantage of you.
  8. Help is available. Take advantage of the help that is available around you regarding your stresses and anxieties. If possible, talk to a professional counsellor who can help you manage your fears and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights instead of using alcohol to manage your problems.  By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run instead of using alcohol to solve their issues.
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About the Author:

Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non-Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to