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Does alcohol make you feel low/depressed the next day?

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cakedup Mon 10-Aug-15 00:42:29

I have a history of depression but it's very much under control, have been taking anti depressants for years and although I have the odd wobble, am fine.

I went out the other evening for birthday drinks. I'm a bit of a lightweight these days (probably as I don't drink regularly) so did feel quite drunk after a short time.

The next day (yesterday) I felt like shit. I went out in the day with a couple of friends and really struggled to make conversation. My confidence/self esteem was really low, I felt a bit paranoid, edgy and defensive, and found it really hard to enjoy myself even though I'd planned a lovely day out.

Does anyone else feel like this after drinking, and do you take anti depressants? I'm wondering if that has something to do with it.

DellaDoolittle Mon 10-Aug-15 00:45:54

Yes, alcohol always makes me feel like this. I'm not currently on anti-ds although I have been in the past. Hangover day always makes me feel extremely anxious and paranoid.

FannyFifer Mon 10-Aug-15 00:46:05

This is absolutely a common thing with alcohol, wld be worse of course if you already suffer from depression.
But yes being on a downer the day following alcohol is not at all unusual.

cakedup Mon 10-Aug-15 00:52:49

Oh, that's reassuring that it's not just me.

Am thinking of giving up drink altogether to be honest.

I'm also more prone to feeling nauseous when drinking which is no fun. I think my body is just not up for it any more!

Twodogsandahooch Mon 10-Aug-15 09:14:58

Yes. Colloquially known as 'the fear'.

HonniBee Mon 10-Aug-15 09:16:14

Yes, particularly if the alcohol is red wine for some reason.

Eternalsunshines Mon 10-Aug-15 09:25:30

Takes me a few days to recover from alcohol, not in a hangover way but my mood deepens so much. I'm not a regular drinker but now I just don't bother at all

Rollermum Mon 10-Aug-15 09:29:45

Yes, don't drink much anymore because got out of the habit with pregnancy a and BFing but when I do I really notice terrible low mood and paranoia for next 2/3 days!

Cluesue Mon 10-Aug-15 09:31:49

Yes, I'm always on a downer the next day,I'm glad I don't go out except very rarely or I'd give up drinking completely probably

cakedup Mon 10-Aug-15 12:38:24

Wow amazing to hear from others experiencing the same as people don't really talk about it. I just don't think it's worth drinking any more.

HonniBee Mon 10-Aug-15 22:34:11

I'm agreeing with that more and more, cakedup.

Janethegirl Mon 10-Aug-15 22:37:58

No such issues, maybe I'm not drinking enough?
Can feel nauseous in the morning without any alcohol the night before though. But I've always been a bit that way.

cakedup Mon 10-Aug-15 22:44:58

Janethegirl I don't think it's always been the case for me. But am finding myself more sensitive to a lot of things as I'm getting older. I can't even eat half the things I used to!

Janethegirl Mon 10-Aug-15 22:51:08

I eat many more different things now I'm older though. Dh is becoming much more 'traditional' in his choices. Not sure if that proves anything.

ApplesTheHare Mon 10-Aug-15 22:52:38

Yeah, that happens to me now I'm older (I'm mid-30s and seems to be very very common among at least similarly aged and older friends). I think it's a commonly documented effect though - think about all the films/books featuring people suffering the post-booze downers??

ziggyziggy Mon 10-Aug-15 22:53:01

often get this, especially if I have been drinking a few days on the trot!

a lot less if i have only small amounts, even better if i take a few days a week off.

it's the worst if i have one or two benders in a week. (no longer do this, thank god).

cakedup Mon 10-Aug-15 23:13:29

Janethegirl I mean things like deep fried foods, bread etc. causing bloatedness, indigestion etc. I remember some years ago on MN, discussing a health topic and an MNer recommended all women take probiotic tablets. I was like. eh? Why would I? And she said most women will need to at some point. I take them every day now!

ApplesTheHare I was still very much living it up in my mid 30s, but I think because i used to drink so much more regularly, I was perhaps a bit more immune to it, or just didn't notice. Whereas now, I drink alcohol on rare occasions, I can really notice the after effects. And the 'post-booze downers' - I guess always associated that with binge drinking or alcoholics.

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