Cheers. Bottoms up. Knock back a few. Drown your sorrows. Any way you say it, reaching for a drink to forget your problems is not a good idea.
Relying on alcohol to anesthetize negative feelings as an easy short-term fix may actually prolong stress. Life can be stressful, but anxiety and stress can be relieved in healthy and effective ways including:
- Yoga and other forms of exercise.
- A relaxing hot bath.
- Deep breathes.
- Talking to someone.
- Listening to music.
- Writing in a journal.
If you’re looking forward to a drink often to relieve stress you may have a problem.
“Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.” ~Knute Rockne