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Re: Closest anxiety med to alcohol? Jimmyboy

Posted by rina on September 22, 2007, at 22:33:32

In reply to Closest anxiety med to alcohol?, posted by Jimmyboy on September 15, 2007, at 18:45:41

I'd have to agree with cactus by saying Valium. Only because take for instance ethanol, once it gets into the bloodstream, there's two places for it to go. The brain and the liver but we'll focus just on the brain for now.

Once ethanol is in the brain it acts as a stimulant and a deppressant, becoming more of a depressant as you consume higher levels of ethanol. But the "buzz" you get is from the "pleasure" center of the brain.

This is where ethanol tends to give off that reduction in the anxiety center of the brain, which leads to calming and reduced anxiety much like Valium, in my opinion.


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