Myth: Stressed? Grab a drink.
At the end of a long day, who hasn’t heard someone say, “Man, I need a drink.” You’ve probably even said it yourself. Next time you feel overwhelmed, avoid the bottle. Not only does it do little to help, it might be making things worse. “While you might feel the depressant aspect of alcohol that kind of brings things down a notch, at the same time, you’re actually feeding more stress hormones into your body,” says Ballard. According to a 2012 report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, heavy drinking in the long-term can alter your brain’s chemistry, making you experience higher levels of anxiety in response to a stressful situation than someone who never drank or only drinks moderately would experience.Back to top