You feel miserable. It’s been a long, stressful week.
Maybe your job is creating headaches that won’t go away. Your long-term relationship might have just ended, or you’re frustrated about a recent conversation with a friend.
Many people resort to drinking to cope with these difficult emotions. Although it feels like it helps for a while, the typical outcome is usually a bout with self-loathing.
Why does this happen?
Alcohol Can Impact Your Mental Health
Alcohol works as a depressant. It affects the brain’s natural dopamine and serotonin levels, which means you’ll struggle to feel happy in the morning. You get a boost of those chemicals when the drinking starts, but you’ll be deficient the next day.
Since you don’t have the right balance of serotonin and dopamine, it’s much easier to feel depressed, down, or anxious after drinking. Those feelings often lead to self-loathing.
Hangovers are also detrimental to personal health. It’s not just the fatigue, headache, and light sensitivity that is problematic. Your blood sugar levels can drop significantly, causing trembling and nausea.
Alcohol Intensifies Negative Emotions
People use alcohol to release pent-up emotions. What isn’t realized is that frustration and anger become more intense, impacting a person’s friendships, health, job, and family. It’s such a powerful effect that it even changes thinking patterns.
That’s why the best coping skills work to express emotions in healthy ways. You could journal, speak with a trusted friend or loved one, or schedule time with a therapist to discuss concerns. Additionally, you could redirect your energies toward a personal project. Through redirecting your focus, productive conversation and healthy personal reflection, the self-loathing can stop because you’ll have a better grasp on the negative emotions that serve as its foundation.