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Old 07-13-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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I am not on any meds. I am not having any other issues with depression, either. And though I appreciate the well meaning urging to stop drinking altogether, I think its a bit draconian. I am talking about two glasses of wine over the course of a meal once a week-- not a three day binge. I am a wine enthusiast (enjoy wine tasting and growing, would some day like to have a wine-based business) and would hate to have to completely cut that out of my life. *That* would make me depressed.

I was reaching out to see if anyone had similar issues. I have been taking a break from wine for the past few weeks just to see if things are different when I have some again. I am wondering if it has to do with body chemistry, health, age or some other confluence of factors. I am in my 30s, female, weight, etc. Any input? Thanks!
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:34 PM
 
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Yes this seems to happen to me as well. I don't feel depressed until the next day. ..horrible.
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:03 PM
 
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Alcohol is a depressant to the central nervous system.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:37 PM
 
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Alcohol is a depressant to the central nervous system.
Depressants do lower arousal and stimulation, though they do not necessarily cause dysphoric (sad) mood symptoms. Some people get happy when they drink. Others get angry. Some may get depressed. It all depends on a number of factors.
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:01 PM
 
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I claim no expertise in hormone levels and use of alcohol but I know that use of alcohol can lower estrogen levels in women. And lowered estrogen levels can cause depression.

If you are beginning to enter that stage in your life perhaps the wine is just enough to make a noticeable difference for you.
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:06 AM
 
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That has happened to me too on occasion, so I did some research. Alcohol can deplete certain vitamins, especially B vitamins and vitamin C, both of which are important in supporting a healthy mood. I like wine, so I make sure to take a good B complex and take a couple vitamin C tablets every day. A multivitamin is also helpful. Since alcohol dehydrates the system, be sure to drink plenty of water with the wine and the next day. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:10 AM
 
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I have the same issue with Alcohol. Firstly I did not realise WHY I was getting depressed then I worked out that it was always the day after alcohol, and I am only talking about one or two glasses of good quality wine here.

With my work I have to go out with customers and colleagues for a meal or drinks quite often, it is really a challenge not to have a glass sometimes, and I always regret it the next day. A bad sleep and a low feeling the following day. In the UK and Europe in general it is so socially acceptable and almost socially required to join in a drink and a toast when going out. There needs to be a healthy alternative when socialising!

I wonder whether I actually have developed an intolerance to alcohol, rather like a food intolerance, as I am only 35 years old, I am normal weight and keep myself fit, so one glass of wine should not "destroy" me should it?
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Old 08-30-2015, 07:16 AM
 
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Unhappy I feel exactly the same..

I used to drink a lot, go out at weekends and could handle my alcohol intake, drink more than the guys and feel good and yes have a hangover the next day but generally fine. The last year has been tough going through a divorce and I just have stopped drinking gradually, trying to stay healthy, I have a very healthy diet and go to the gym and generally feel good but for some reason when I do choose to just have 1 glass of wine at the weekend now it really really alters my state of mind. I can't believe it, I feel down and sad and the next day so lethargic and unmotivated - I also crave rubbish food before bed which I wouldn't usually eat - this is after 1 or 2 glasses of white wine ..how is that possible?!
This is so odd for me, I have never had a problem and would generally happily have a few glasses with dinner previously, now I guess I just have to stop. Does anyone know if drinking vodka or gin would be a better choice. I do love a good glass of Sauvignon blanc or Malbec though so quite gutted. Do you think this will be how I react to it forever now?
Thanks for any advice
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:48 AM
 
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Default your mood after drinking

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I am not on any meds. I am not having any other issues with depression, either. And though I appreciate the well meaning urging to stop drinking altogether, I think its a bit draconian. I am talking about two glasses of wine over the course of a meal once a week-- not a three day binge. I am a wine enthusiast (enjoy wine tasting and growing, would some day like to have a wine-based business) and would hate to have to completely cut that out of my life. *That* would make me depressed.

I was reaching out to see if anyone had similar issues. I have been taking a break from wine for the past few weeks just to see if things are different when I have some again. I am wondering if it has to do with body chemistry, health, age or some other confluence of factors. I am in my 30s, female, weight, etc. Any input? Thanks!
Yes, I've had a similar issue and I know others that have also.

When you say "no meds" you mean none, not even an allergy pill occasionally, Tylenol, Motrin, anything??? Even OTC meds can effect alcohol absorption and response.

Obviously, alcohol effects people differently, but the fact remains it is a DEPRESSANT drug. Some people react by being very loud, excited, happy & social (while BAC is going up); others become sad, cry and seem to feel emotions more strongly (for many, while BAC is going down). Alcohol lowers normal social inhibitions and folks end up in fights, having casual sex, driving drunk (because they "think" they are unaffected by the alcohol).... well, obviously the list could go on forever.

If you have noticed a change as you've stated (that you feel depressed after drinking) cut back. Have 1 glass and see how you feel. If you still feel depressed, only have 1/2 glass. Maybe you have an underlying issue that you're not dealing with in a relationship, at work, a family matter? The inhibition lowering effect of alcohol can push those feelings to the surface --- you feel "upset" or depressed, but you don't know why.

Personally, there are times when I can have 2-3 glasses on night out with a large meal, relaxing, drinking the wine over an extended time period. However, there are other times, when any wine is too much, especially if there are personal, work or other stressors in my life. I may start feeling very emotional (angry or sad or out of proportion emotion related to a situation).

Your weight does affect alcohol absorption, as does if you drink wine with or without food, etc. You obviously can google this information.

I hope you listen to your body. If you are taking a break, when/if you start again start slowly. Yes, alcohol (wine especially for some of us) is lovely and enjoyable, but like any other drug has the potential for addiction and abuse.



"Drinking profoundly alters mood, arousal, behavior, and neuropsychological functioning. However, studies have found that the specific effects depend not just on how much someone drinks, but also on whether blood alcohol content (BAC) is rising or falling; while in the process of drinking, alcohol acts as a stimulant, but as drinking tapers off it begins to act more as a sedative.


As BAC ascends, drinkers report increases in elation, excitement and extroversion, with simultaneous decreases in fatigue, restlessness, depression and tension. Conversely, a descending BAC corresponds to a decrease in vigor and an increase in fatigue, relaxation, confusion, and depression."

Here's a link to an article with a more in-depth explanation of alcohol & how it effects you.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/you-illuminated/201006/your-brain-alcohol


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