I'm hoping to get some of your thoughts on alcohol intake when you're suffering with anxiety/depression. I have read quite a bit about it, but you don't even need to do that to know that it obviously wouldn't help.
But is there an amount that is ok? I'm still in my early 20's, and I often get invited to birthdays and outings which more often than not involve some social drinking, which I usually part take in. I've always try to limit myself since my first major panic attack, before that I must admit I did engage in large amount of binge drinking pretty much every weekend. Now days I have cut down to well under half the amount I was drinking on weekends. Probably more. An average weekend for me my consist of 4 - 5 drinks on Friday and Saturday, where as before it would have been around 10 - 12 per night. During the week I don't touch the stuff. Unless a friend drops over and we might have a single beer together.
On a side note, for marijuana I do not believe any amount is ok if you suffer from anxiety. I used to smoke it occasionally, I'll admit. I was never what you might call a "stoner" but my close friends were, so I would just part take in some social smoking occasionally. When I was younger it was more frequent. Maybe once a week. More recently it was more like once or twice a year. But alas, guess what caused my first major panic attack... i can tell you, you DO NOT want to suffer a panic attack while high. It amplifies the feeling x10. It was the worst 2 hours of my life. Safe to say I've never touched the stuff since, and never will.
I suppose the reason I've seen it as okay, is that I've never turned to drinking with the intension of making myself feel better. I've never seen it as an antidepressant. If anything I'm the opposite, when I'm feeling really down or my anxiety is peeking, I tend to avoid drinking and going out. I know it definitely effects people differently, so it may be ok for some and not for others.
What do you guys think? Is a few drinks on the weekend ok? Is 1 - 2 drinks a day acceptable and harmless to our well being?
Look after yourselves. :)