Why Alcohol Is Not a Stress Reliever | A Little Bit Better With Keri Glassman

Uploaded by LivestrongWoman on 29.10.2012

Hey, I'm Keri Glassman here with some quick and simple tips to help you feel just a little
bit better. A cocktail or a glass of wine is a fine indulgence for most of us – in
fact, there are studies that suggest it’s downright good for you to have a drink now
and then. But when it comes to stress or feeling depressed, the time when you probably feel
like you need a drink the most, I say keep the liquor cabinet closed. You may feel a
little bit better if you’re down in the dumps and you have a drink, but alcohol is
actually a depressant, it adds calories to your diet, and it’s not going to solve the
problem that’s plaguing you. That little bit of relief you get from drinking is only
temporary and your problems may feel worse when that buzz wears off. Research shows that
even moderate drinking may increase the odds of depression, which is exactly what you don’t
need when you’re already feeling down. Instead of alcohol, try some hot tea, meet up with
friends, go for a walk in the park, or hit up the gym. Find something healthier and positive
to take your mind off your problems – or to focus on your solutions, and write them
down so you have them top of mind when a moment hits you. So remember: Have a drink to celebrate,
have a drink to unwind, but don’t have a drink to save your mood. Skipping the booze
can help you feel just a little bit better.