We recognize another type of person with a less flattering term: the control freak. For the person with a high need for control, the dominant characteristic is not wisdom, but fear…
Research shows that different people drink for different reasons. Alcohol use has many motivations, and isn’t always linked to anxiousness.
Drinking and anxiety, however, are often connected. Alcohol targets a neurotransmitter in the brain called “GABA.” GABA serves in inhibitory function, meaning it slows the firing of our nervous system. When alcohol activates GABA, it causes symptoms like sedation, muscle relaxation, and decreased coordination.
Anxiety is a cluster of bodily reactions to a cue, either internal or external. Anxiety involves the release of cortisol into the bloodstream, with accompanying symptoms of increased heart rate, tensed muscles, shortness of breath, and most of all, a sense of impending danger.
A number of years ago in the early morning I was walking on the beach and stopped to rest on a bench at the end of one of the short streets leading to the beach. As I sat there drinking in the fresh sea air, an older man arrived in a pickup. He got out, approached the bench and asked me if he could sit down. I welcomed him with a gesture.
After three or four minutes of sitting in silence he got up to leave with the words, “My wife died about a year ago and this was her favorite spot. So every morning about this time I come down to say good morning to her.” He climbed into his pickup and left.
I was impressed with the wisdom of this man…