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I get really bad panic attacks or anxierty after a long weekend of drinking pretty heavily. I usually don't drink on the weekdays but when weekends come i hardly ever take on off....On sunday i get panic attacks when i feel like crap and I always feel like I am going to die........I almost get to the point where I want to go to urgent care or the hospital becasue I freak out so much and cant' get it out of my head. i am taking ativan and that doesn't even help a whole lot... i am trying to lay off the drinking because of this. was wondring if anyone else gets like that.........thanks, ryan
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replied September 30th, 2007
Extremely eHealthy
Ryan
I really don't know what to say about the party hearty thing. I have been there myself. I just want you to tell me that you are not drinking and taking any anti-anxiety or depressoin meds. Please tell me your not. Do you realize that your alcohol level will double by doing that! I can't stress that enough. Even if you are not, alcohol entoxication can be deadly in either case.

Be Careful OK
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replied October 1st, 2007
No I am not taking meds and drinking......I am not on any meds besides i got a one time fill of ativan of 20 pills which I only take when i have an attack which is usually on Sundays after the friday and saturday of going out with my friends.
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replied November 12th, 2007
Yes snap, apparently some people put it down to hypoglycemia. But I dont feel any better even if I dont drink. Although the day after a night out is horrendous. Make sure you eat with your booze and see if that helps, it doesnt for me though.
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replied November 16th, 2007
Especially eHealthy
You know, to anyone who is prone to anxiety attacks, any change in consciousness such as drinking, hangovers, smoking, drugs of any kind, etc. can cause an attack. You really need to stop the drinking! And while you're at it, get treated for panic attacks!! They can be treated and you can feel better.
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replied February 15th, 2008
Wink I totally have that too if I have had alcohol the night before (I very rarely drink these days just because I don't want to deal with the anxiety I get from it)! I use to get a numbness/tingling in the base of my left hand and feel all anxious and freaked out. I ended up having a full blown panic attack (which I had no idea what it was--I freaked out and called 911) So here's what I have learned from my situation.

This is what my therapist and my general practitioner have told me: alcohol leaves your body in three stages. One of the stages is anxiety. People that are prone to have anxiety can often end up with a panic attack due to the change in chemicals in their nervous system. Alcohol is a chemical depressant which interferes with the nervous system. Interference+dehydration=anxiety
anxiety+fear=panic attacks Smile It seems simple on paper but definitely doesn't feel simple. I have had a complete physical (twice Smile and with two different doctors just to be sure but both have said the same things.

SO I definitely have experienced this, and a ton of other people as well, and it stinks. Hang in there! I wasn't one to believe in therapy but come to find out it has really lifted my spirits and mood. Eating healthy and exercising have also helped reduce my anxiety as well. If I drink I make sure to drink a glass of water after a beer, eat a healthy dinner before with a lot of protein and pace myself. Good luck! (Also deep belly breathing helps a lot with the tingles if you get them when you wake up after a night out Smile
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replied March 25th, 2011
anxiety and panic after drinking hard alcohol
I really appreciate this , as I have been dealing with anxiety and panic attacks for about 8 years. I've been on Paxil for 4 years and weened myself off about 2 years ago, which was one of the hardest things I ever did. I felt like I wanted to die, I had to take 2 weeks off from work, I had no zest for life, didn't enjoy eating, waking up in the morning, I lived in my pajamas and would spend all day and night crying and feeling so low I didn't think I could get any lower.I've been working out regularly at the gym taking various classes for more than 3 years now and eat a very healthy diet, which helps a lot. I still struggle with anxiety tho , especially recently with the day after drinking hard alcohol. I feel cloudy, discombobulated, dizzy, shortness of breath, nausea, sweating palms, trembling, thought of " I'm going to die", scared, helpless ..the list goes on. I also get anxiety when driving on the freeway so I try and avoid it, but I try and face my fears and jump on it every now and then. This seems like torture. I have a therapist i've been seeing for over 5 years & I've been into spiritulality like Eckart Tolle, Esther Hicks and the Dalai Lama, which has helped. It feels good to hear I'm not alone. I think I'm going to cut out the hard alcohol even though it's only on occasion. I feel like I'm not as affected by drinking wine or beer. If anyone has any more advice I'd be truely grateful. Much love to everyone!
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replied March 6th, 2009
what happened?
i used to be able to drink all the time... usually just weekends, but quite a bit...then one day, I started panicking the next day because of low sugar... i thought i was dying and actually had an ambulance called... i didn't know what was going on... of course later i realized what was happening... i went from 18 pack, to 12 pack, now a 6 pack sometimes freaks me out... thats just it though... it has actually helped me slow down drinking, and even though i still freak out a little the next day sometimes... i am NOT gonna die from it...
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replied July 12th, 2009
What happened?! Why the change?
I also use to be able to drink 15-20 beers at any given party or whatever. All of a sudden after a night of drinking when I was 24 years old I got my first extreme panic attack. I was on the verge of calling 911 had phone in my hand ready and was trying to figure out what the hell was happening. Now If I even have 5 beers the next day is hell. Dizzy spells, burning in my left chest/ heart area, extreme anxiety. What the hell happened. I never use to get these symptoms before. How do I change back to how I was before? I only drink 1 sometimes 2 a week, but when I do it is usually pretty heavy. Also what kind of doctor do I see for these symptoms? Heart specialist? Anxiety doctor? And how should I go about this since I do not have health insurance. Please help.
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replied August 18th, 2010
Alcohol, rapid heartrate and anxiety
After a night of drinking, I wake up with a racing heart and trouble breathing. Maybe the trouble with my breathing is due to anxiety. I feel like I am trying to calm myself, but then I get worried and it gets worse. My pulse is lower ninties, but that is at a dead sleep. I hate that I can't drink. I have a great time doing it, but then I feel like I should be in the hospital the next day. This time I have tingling in my arms. Is this all dehydration and low potassium??
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replied November 24th, 2010
anxiety attacks
I have had all these same symptoms and I refuse to be one of those people who have to stop being a social drinker or stop what I enjoy due to anxiety. I have made several trips to the er for this in the last two years because somewhere in my head I was convinced that it was something serious. I will not spend my life on medication either! My solution was jumping on the computer and looking up these problems and come to find out it is SO common. The only thing that has seemed to help me is to stop trying to fight them and to stop thinking that the only safe place to be in the mist of one is in the hospital. I had found a forum and the quote from one woman who had suffered from this had put it better than I have ever heard.....
Look at the attack as you would a wave in the ocean while sitting on a surf board, if you try to fight it it in fact makes the ride harder, roll with it knowing it will not last forever, it will not kill you, and it's there wether you like it or not.

I remember this when they come on, I still get freaked out but I keep her statement in mind and pace around slowly and this works for me.

When it comes to getting them after long partying, and of course I know slowing down on drinking will help, however it happens, football, birthdays, holidays and what not, but when they do, I do the same and take a simple over the counter sleeping pill with lots of water and sleep the day off. Not the grestest advice, I know, but thats how I cope.

None of this information has any kind of medical backing, obvisouly, but I felt the need to share, as, someone elses simple silly solution helped me.
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replied March 26th, 2011
Trust me if you can reduce the alchohol consumption am sure you will feel luch better.

Scientist believe that alcohol causes or at least increases anxiety in basic ways and here they are.

1. Mood Alcohol can affect our mood because it can affect the level of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a feel good brain chemical that when in short supply can cause feelings of anxiety and depression.

2. Drop in blood sugar A drop in blood sugar can cause dizziness, confusion, weakness, nervousness, shaking and numbness. These symptoms can most certainly trigger a bout of anxiety.

3. Dehydration This has been known to cause nausea, dizziness, fatigue, lightheadedness and muscle weakness. These symptoms wouldn’t cause anxiety per say but they add to a sense of illness which fosters anxiety.

And for the medications if ativan is not working for you the you can go for Adapin or may be zoloft works well.
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replied May 14th, 2011
Anxiety
So glad I found this page. I know exactly what you are going through. As I type I am laying in bed after spending the morning and early afternoon in the ER. The past 4 nights I was going out and drinking pretty heavily. This morning I woke up with a rapid heart rate (104 bpm), shortness of breath, chest pain, and what I would describe as a vibrating sensation in my chest. I tried my best to not going to the ER but during a attack its pretty much impossible to convince yourself nothing is wrong and everything will be okay. Had an EKG done, blood taken, and even a chest x-ray which all came back with great results, which obviously put my mind as ease immediately. The only thing the blood work showed was dehydration as stated in early posts. So hang in there and know that you are not alone!
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replied May 30th, 2011
understand completely
I have the exact same problem which is why I found this page; I was googling it. I used to "party" a lot in college and in my early 20s. Now, I am 30 and rarely do more than hang out and drink wine and beer. Once in a while, I'll do a big weekend when there are friends in town or a lot going on for whatever reason. Otherwise, one night a week is my tops and again i limit the drinking. I have noticed that if I do two nights in a row (friday and saturday) sunday feels like a death sentence. The panic is so severe I cannot find relief in anything. If there is something I happen to be stressed out about i will obsess over it. Sometimes, I have no stress and still just freak out over NOTHING. It's alcohol induced. I felt this way every Sunday in school and thought I was just upset b/c I wouldn't get to have "fun" until the weekend and see my friends and was stressed about school and homework. Alcohol is fun but many people do not get this type of anxiety from it. But everyone is different. If you get this panic it's torturous and enough reason to quit drinking period. I suppose wine and beer every once in a while is relaxing and not so problematic. But "binge" drinking if you get anxiety like this isn't worth it. Just don't do it.
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replied December 13th, 2011
The Worst
I'm dealing with this issue right now! I cannot stand it, I feel the only way around it is to drink alcohol again. This is the worst. If someone has the time, it would be nice to chat about it. Know no one that has this issue, I feel like no one understands how bad it is!

It's impossible to get an appt with a psychiatrist these days. Finally have one scheduled for two days from now.

Been to the ER three times due to this. I've felt on numerous occasions that I was going to die. Due to this I won't sleep tonight.

Thanks for listening. Let me know if you want to chat, maybe via email.
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replied December 25th, 2011
I share many of the same symptoms (38, male). My first panic attack came with my first ambulance ride, during a staff meeting at work. Extremely dizzy, short of breath, BP 150/100, chest pounding like crazy.

I've since quit smoking and pretty much quit drinking. It's irritating, because I enjoy drinking 8-9 beers on Friday and Saturday nights. The problem is that come Monday, I feel dizzy, my chest is tight, occasionally my left arm and/or hand feels tingly, and I'm reaching for the Ativan.

It was really bad again tonight, because I've been drinking again for the past three nights (not tonight). Went to the grocery store for a little last minute shopping, started feeling dizzy, and had pain in my chest and upper left arm. It's scary, because it mimics a heart attack, and I spent 30 minutes hoping and praying that the Ativan would work.

I totally understand the cycle, but I do it anyway. I quit drinking for a week or two, feel just dandy, decide that I can handle a night of drinking, and feel fine the next day. So I decide to drink again. Then a day later or so, I go through the anxiety symptoms, and it makes me want to drink again to make the symptoms go away.

The only way around it is just to quit completely, I guess. I think to myself, "Look at all the people who drink and it doesn't bother them. It didn't used to bother me, either!" But feeling like I'm about to lose control, pass out, or die is scary and awful.
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replied January 5th, 2012
I have found that exercising the morning after and building a sweat can eliminate these attacks even after they have started... though you may be hungover and may not fel like it....... it does work wonders ..I know a ton of guys who go through this on ocassion including myself...and even simply geting outside and going for a jog can calm all these symptons or just doing something active....The worse however is when its not possible like in a monday morning meeting, church or a car....I would also recommend sitting in a steam room at a gym or YMCA to rid these attacks or sitting in a steamy shower...hope this helps...
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replied January 10th, 2012
thanks will try walking or jogging in mornin if i can make myself get up...seems i just wanna lay there, but finally get up...just anxious.
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replied January 12th, 2012
I have had all of these symptoms for about 2 years now..and I am still trying to learn how to get over them - 4 months ago I had all the relevant checks on my heart and blood ect and all were perfectly healthy. I have partied quite hard for the last 8 years and am now 28 but every day after I drink the symptoms are very severe and at time of stress such as moving house. I am quite fit still and when I have a bad series of these attacks I still think it is my heart and I persuade myself not to exercise..eventually I do and it is good, a natural anti-depressant and combine that witha ht bath/ steam room to realx your chest muscles and breath deeply then this works - try and rely on natural techniques to relieve the attacks. I too do not want to give up drinking but there are things you can do like reduce caffiene and dont drink red bull with when your out or high sugar content spirits - I have found over the last year what you drink does effect you. Good luck all!!!
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replied March 20th, 2012
All of this rings so true to me, I'm 34 and have always been a bit of a heavy drinker, I had my first panic attack about 6 years ago after doing coke too much for a few months (I stopped all drugs immediately) and then had a kind of panic disorder that lasted a year or so. All that went away and I went back to drinking each weekend again (apart from that I'm fit and healthy, I never drink during the week and exercise regularly).

If I binge for a prolonged period of time I get really bad panic attacks when I stop, the attacks last for a few weeks and I have to cut out all drinking till I've forgotten about them (the panic attacks) completely then I can drink socially again.

Some of it is definitely blood sugar and I would absolutely recommend you are aware of this. I bought a blood sugar monitor and once my sugar was 2.4, (dangerously low) when I woke up. Read the symtoms of low blood sugar and watch out for it. There have also been times when glucose tablets have stopped the panic completely. If your blood sugar is low you need 4 glucose tablets to bring it back to a normal level, that will last 2-4 hours, in that time you need to eat. If you think blood sugar is the problem don't have less than 4 tablets. Also it's better to do this when you first wake up before the panic sets in.

However also have panic attacks that are not sugar related. I think I get stressed and that makes me feel my heart so I think I'm going to have a heart attack etc... you know it all. These usually take me a few days to get over then I feel great, it's the weekend again and I think about drinking... viscious circle.
I know if I feel like this a few weeks of calming down and it stops.

I usually feel pretty good in the morning, and often in the afternoon too, it's when I have to go to sleep the following night that I have real problems. I can't relax or even lay down.

Exercise definitely helps me. It makes me know that I am strong and not going to have a heart attack. I think too it releases the stress that is the cause of the problem. The trick is to make sure you exercise BEFORE the stress builds up otherwise it doesn't go away and actually sometimes makes me feel like the exercise is going to cause a heart attack.

Anyway, it's really good to read the above. I know we're all in such a similar boat and if I shared an apartment with any one of you guys, just having someone to talk to about it when it happens would probably be enough to make it go away.

If its a real problem I would go on ebay and buy a blood pressure monitor and a blood sugar monitor, they are only cheap knowing the results can be relaxing.

The other thing I do which I think helps is take 2 asprins, I do this because they thin the blood and I think therefore if I was going to have a heart attack it would be less likely then, I think the pain killing element might help too.

Anyway, I'm really waffling now but I wish you all the best and I'm sure we'll all find out way through this.
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replied June 13th, 2012
same problem
Ive had problems with this for nearly 3 years now. I drink a lot, and sometimes when I do, I get anxiety that won't go away when the drink wears off. I usually just drink again to make it go away. Which works. I identify with the exercise thing - that totally kills anxiety if you can make yourself do it. To be honest though, the main difference is sleep. If I've been drinking loads and have to get up for some reason, then I'm screwed. If I have the chance to just wake up naturally it's loads easier. And if you WANT to have a panic attack the day after you have been drinking, just drink a couple of coffees - that will send me over the edge. At the minute, it's unrealistic for me to stop drinking because of my mates and social life, but I will do eventually for reasons bigger than anxiety, wife kids etc, and the knowledge that there are bigger reasons than anxiety for doing stuff makes it easier too. I think that some of the guys are seeing the world through a lens of anxiety and how to treat it, and that will make it harder to overcome for good. I try and see it as some dumb stuff that happens for a few hours if I drink too much that I have to put up with - and I still get them but they are much easier to deal with than the first 6 months (when I was dialling 911 too) because of these points.
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replied June 18th, 2012
I had to quit drinking , severe breathing problems after drinking that would last 3-4 days. Smoking now also has the same effect . I was fine in my 20s, all this started in my 30s and is getting worse.

Had a very bad panic attack a few weeks ago where my whole body seized up and I couldn't move for a good 45 minutes. Ambulance was called . This was the morning after a drinking session . I've had enough of this. So I quit smoking and drinking . It's the only real cure, I can't go through these nightmare hangovers, breathing problems and panic attacks no more, I want some peace in my life, some happiness for a change, to feel well, healthy. Drink has put me in a nightmare and I advice everyone like me to stop drinking now so you can get back your quality of life. Life is to short to live it in fear and pain.

I gave up drinking and smoking before for 3 months , I felt so well and content, like a new person, so don't despair , you can be free of this awful problems , make that change, best thing you can do
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replied September 15th, 2012
Recent panic Attack
Thank you for righting this, I feel so much better now.
I had a full blown panic attack 5 days ago, after a night of drinking and smoking, was taken to ER, they didn't find anything... I haven't been drinking or smoking since but I am still shaken and I had another mini attack yesterday, I was able to calm myself down... I am taking Ativan, it helps a bit but I still don't feel normal... I don't think I'll be ever smoking or drinking again... I'm so scared that things won't return to normal, the anxiety is always with me for these past 5 days, I work and I have a small child I have to function but it is extremely difficult. can someone recommend something for a faster way to control my anxiety and to prevent future panic attacks?
Please help!!!
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replied June 18th, 2012
Just a follow up, people need to get over this idea that they need drink to have a good time or to fit in, this is rubbish . I know some very cool happy funny people who never drink or smoke and they enjoy life. You have conditioned yourself to believe in a lie. Don't feel pressured into drinking , you give it up and don't worry about what other people think. You are doing a fantastic thing if you stop drinking , literally changing your life in a massive positive way. To think it's a bad thing to quit drinking is to fall into the trap , the lies that keep people living a life of addiction , slavery, fear and confusion. It's only when you break out of this vicious cycle of drinking that you find the real you, the one who is happy without drink, cigarettes , drugs. It can be done , if you believe in God ask him to free you from drink, drugs, whaever is holding you down. It works, just don't stop trying until you free yourself, it's a battle and you will have to fight sometimes, but soon you will be free 4 life
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replied June 18th, 2012
I know what you are going through , I've had savage hangovers and panic attacks so bad I was praying because I thought I was about to drop dead any second. I know what it's like to lie in bed awake all night because you feel like you are dying from alcohol poisoning and can't breath properly or barely walk for days.

I am in my late 30s and can tell you , it only gets worse the older you get if you keep drinking you are sentencing yourself to a life of terrible problems that will never go away, it might not be the news you want to hear, but it's the truth, the only cure is to stop drinking . For whatever reason drink just murders people like you and me. Good luck, failure isn't a option if you want a happy life. The biggest mistake people make is this. They don't drink for a few weeks , they start feeling good, and they forget all about that awful hangover and anxiety and breathing problems .They think they are over it, it was a one off,so they drink,BOOM.They are right back in hell with the same problems.
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replied August 5th, 2012
Anxiety and Drinking
I'm suffering from a severe hangover from last night and made the mistake to start drinking again when I woke up @ 6am. I've probably had 7 drinks since then(12hrs). Now I'm feeling worse than ever and having major anxiety attack. I have ativan but am scared to take it due to my drinking! I want to go to the ER, but trying to calm down. I hate this feeling!! Sad Sounds like you've been through something similar...
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