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Old 07-02-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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I have noticed that I can't drink even a minimal amount of alcohol (we are talking 1-2 glasses of wine in an evening) without feeling really depressed and "off" the next day. This is of course exacerbated if I drink more than 1-2 glasses of wine.

I have never had this problem before, and I have been a social drinker for the last 10 years. I typically don't drink anything other than wine and the occasional margarita. Is this typical? I know alcohol is a depressant, but this seems over the top.
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I do not drink often anymore...and because of that, I can really tell a difference in the way I feel the next day... 1-2 glasses of wine = just a bit down, off, and less energy.

Yes, alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. If you perhaps are combining alcohol with other CNS meds/depressants, then of course the effects are magnified. Using alcohol while depressed also increases depression symptoms. Also, alcohol causes dehydration, so if you are drinking in the hot summer, or not getting enough other fluids throughout the day, then alcohol effects would be more pronounced.




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I have noticed that I can't drink even a minimal amount of alcohol (we are talking 1-2 glasses of wine in an evening) without feeling really depressed and "off" the next day. This is of course exacerbated if I drink more than 1-2 glasses of wine.

I have never had this problem before, and I have been a social drinker for the last 10 years. I typically don't drink anything other than wine and the occasional margarita. Is this typical? I know alcohol is a depressant, but this seems over the top.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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People react differently to alcohol. Some people end up very happy after drinking, and others end up feeling sad. Since it is a depressant it makes perfect sense for it to depress you. Maybe you have a very low tolerance for alcohol.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:31 AM
 
Location: In the city
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Is it possible that my tolerance has diminished over time? Is this common? Everything I have heard indicates that your tolerance *increases* over sustained alcohol use (not that I drink a lot, but as I said, I drink socially and do enjoy a glass of wine once or twice a week.)
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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People react differently to alcohol. Some people end up very happy after drinking, and others end up feeling sad. Since it is a depressant it makes perfect sense for it to depress you. Maybe you have a very low tolerance for alcohol.
I think this is true. It's also possible for alcohol to intensify whatever emotion you are experiencing when you start drinking. This is why people are always happy at wedding receptions. They were already elated as the left the Church, where their friend/loved one shared the happiest moment of their lives. The alcohol at the reception tends to intensify this elation. By that same token, someone who starts drinking when (s)he is depressed may become more depressed, as a result.

So, perhaps you always become depressed when you drink, or perhaps you drink when you are already depressed. As another poster said, everyone has a unique response to all drugs (including alcohol.)
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:13 AM
 
Location: The 719
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Is it possible that my tolerance has diminished over time? Is this common? Everything I have heard indicates that your tolerance *increases* over sustained alcohol use (not that I drink a lot, but as I said, I drink socially and do enjoy a glass of wine once or twice a week.)
I cannot relate to social or occasional or moderate drinking myself. I do not relate to depression of any sort while drinking. I always got a feeling of peace, ease, and comfort... even in control when I drank and it would more often than not turn into uncontrolled drinking. It was when I was abruptly stopped or when I came to that the problems began.

I do believe that it's possible for your tolerance to diminish for a time or down the road, depending on your unique physiological condition. I think if the liver is healthy, you could expect a perhaps strong tolerance. But with more drinking, perhaps even chronic drinking or other physiological conditions, the liver can be in a weakened state and you may develop a weak tolerance.

The real topic of interest imo is... knowing this, can you/do you want to do something about it?
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Alcohol IS a depressant. Stop drinking. Just stop! Put a lime in some soda or tonic water, so you can appear to be partying with your buds..but stop the intake of the depressant.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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Alcohol IS a depressant. Stop drinking. Just stop! Put a lime in some soda or tonic water, so you can appear to be partying with your buds..but stop the intake of the depressant.
Despite the similarities of the words, depressants do not necessarily cause one to be depressed in the manner the OP is speaking (e.g. a sad/dysphoric mood.) Depressants simply lower arousal levels and inhibit motor functioning. Clearly, many people can drink large amounts of alcohol with become sad.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:58 PM
 
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Despite the similarities of the words, depressants do not necessarily cause one to be depressed in the manner the OP is speaking (e.g. a sad/dysphoric mood.) Depressants simply lower arousal levels and inhibit motor functioning. Clearly, many people can drink large amounts of alcohol with become sad.
Clearly, the OP cannot.

Depression and Alcohol
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Are you taking any other kinds of medications? Many don't react well with booze.
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