Our expert says:
A very sensible question, M !
Not at all a good idea. If alcohol were invented yesterday, it would not be licensed for sale to humans. It only briefly helps reduce anxiety, and causes far more problems which increase anxiety ; it promotes depression ; it disinhibits, so we act more foolishly than we would without it ; it interferes with and reduces the effectiveness of a number of other drugs. COmbined with tranquillizers like Stresam, it adds to their side-effects, such as significantly reducing your ability to drive or even walk safely.
Yes, if one is used to using alcohol as a sort of self-medication, its not usually easy to give up, but its well worthwhile to do so.
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