Some Anxiety Problems are Really Alcohol Problems

Guest Article by Dylan M. Kollman, PhD

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.

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National Recovery Month: Is There Help for My Alcoholic Partner?

The following is an interview I participated in on for National Recovery Month.

September is National Recovery Month. A month dedicated to the message that recovery from alcohol or drug abuse is possible. There are many people who live with the secret that they have an alcoholic in their family. These same people struggle with questions on what they can do to help their partner and family.

In recognition of National Recovery Month, Dr. Neill Neill has submitted his responses to common questions partners may have in regard to an alcohol problem in their family. Dr. Neill Neill is an alcoholism expert. He is a psychologist, columnist and author, who maintains an active psychology and life-coaching practice in Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada. He is consulting psychologist to a private addiction rehab facility for men. A significant part of Dr. Neill’s practice is with individuals and families touched by alcohol and drug abuse.
Question: You use the term “functioning alcoholic.”  What does that term mean, and how does a “functioning alcoholic” differ from an “alcoholic?”

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