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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Dr Neill Neill Interviewed by Kenneth Anderson of HAMS

Kenneth Anderson of HAMS (Harm Reduction for Alcohol) interviewed me as a guest on his radio program on Thursday, August 30. The recording of the show is below. If there’s any problem with the recording, you can go directly to blog talk radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/harm-reduction/2012/08/31/if-your-spouse-drinks

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Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Romantic couple drinking a toast to their many years together
Romantic couple drinking a toast to their many years together

The Good

A cool drink is so refreshing and mellowing on a hot day! It melts away the busyness of the day. It’s a great relaxant after a stressful day at work. It’s the universal social lubricant when people get together for fun or celebration.

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Stay Aware of Holiday Alcohol Abuse

Relaxing By The Fireplace

While the holiday season is a time of joy for many, it can also be a dangerous time, especially if you tend to drink too much or are around others who may overdo it on the alcohol.

The suicide rate always goes up during the holidays, and studies indicate that alcohol is involved in one third of the completed suicides.

Motor vehicle accidents and impaired driving charges increase…

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Does External Change Cause Internal Change in a Relationship?

life-changing event

Have you ever noticed that as you grow older in a relationship, each partner changes? Sometimes the change is internal brought on by a great external change in your relationship—like the birth of a new baby. Do you notice that your partner has changed? Or do you still view them as they were when you first got together?

Jane and John seem to be at an impasse…

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