Why Alcohol Is Making Your Anger Problem Worse

Why Alcohol Is Making Your Anger Problem Worse

Alcohol typical makes one’s uncomfortable or negative feelings larger or stronger then before consuming the beverage. If one is already angry and begins to drink, soon whatever provoked the hostile feelings will become an even larger issue in one’s mind. Due to alcohol’s tendency to amplify one’s violent behaviors, the combination can be extremely dangerous and even lethal in certain circumstances.

Why Does Alcohol Often Aggravate Pre-existing Anger Issues?

There is a strong link between instances of domestic violence and alcohol use. Unfortunately, alcohol and anger do not mix. When an individual becomes angry and uses alcohol to help relax and alleviate those feelings, he instead amplifies the feelings, ultimately making them worse. Included in the following are some examples of why alcohol often aggravates pre-existing anger issues:

  • Depressant
  • Removes our personal filters
  • Lowers our inhibitions

Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows down certain functions of the body. Because of these qualities, individuals often become sad and this sadness then turns into anger, which can affect a pre-existing anger issue. Alcohol removes our personal filters or distorts what is considered right and wrong. Due to this distortion, individuals often engage in activities such as fighting with others and verbally abusing others. Alcohol is notorious for lowering an individual’s inhibitions, which means behaviors we would not normally do become extremely easy to do.

Anger Management Tips to Master before Drinking

Learning effective ways to manage your anger before consuming alcoholic beverages is essential. If you don’t have anger management skills now, it will be difficult to control your anger once you have had a few drinks. Anger management skills are typically straight forward and easy to learn. These skills can also make a tremendous difference in the way you handle frustrations. Included in the following are five quick anger management tips:

  • Reduce
  • Remove
  • Reason
  • Represent
  • Run

Reduce the amount of alcoholic drinks you consume, try alternating with non-alcoholic drinks. Slowly sip your drink and ask your friends for support if they see you starting to act out. If you cannot control your anger, walk away and take a few minutes to cool off. Before you say something out of anger or get into a fight, remove yourself from the situation. Take time to reason, or think about the other person’s point of view, before jumping to conclusions. Try to think of ways of how to represent your point of view without using anger or threats. Individuals with anger issues often feel unheard or misunderstood and often lack the skills to express themselves assertively. Learn how to speak your mind by being polite yet assertive. Exercise, whether casual or strenuous, can help burn off angry energy. Exercise releases an individual’s stress hormones from his body and produces a chemical response in the brain that calms and gives a sense of well-being.

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