Does anyone use alcohol to cope? I find that after a night of heavy drinking I’m at extreme levels of depression, hopelessness, regretting all of my life decisions, feeling extremely withdrawn, disconnected and lonely. This occurs for a few days and then I start to feel hyper excited. Only way to come down is to drink and start the cycle all over again. Is this normal?

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Yes, it's very normal to use alcohol as a coping mechanism, and part of why it is so dangerous. Alcohol is a depressant, and works to sedate certain areas of your brain thereby reducing anxiety. However, when it's out of your system the next day, those areas are now no longer sedated, in fact, they're more active than they were before you were drinking. This is part of why a hangover makes you feel anxious.

I would highly recommend cutting out booze and caffeine for at least a week, and be mindful of the effect that that has on your health

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If you are not extremely healthy , coping with depression will get tough.. find other habits maybe eating ice cream?

Trust me you do not want to start self medicating with food. It creates a huge potential for disordered eating.

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