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10 Feb 2004

Alcohol and being argumentative
I am female, 32 years of age and in a wonderful relationship. Over the past 2 years, I have noticed that when I drink quite a bit I start becoming argumentative. More often it is with my partner and I niggle about tiny things which are so small in the bigger picture. But now I have taken to becoming argumentative with friends and complete strangers. I sometimes have no recollection of what I have said but it is becoming embarrasing. I knwo that if I had to meet those people again there would be no problem with them. I am the one starting the arguments not them.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear Worried,
Alcohol is an anaesthetic, and it begins sedating our brain by sedating and progressively closing down those higher parts of our brain we use for self-control and good judgement / wisdom. That is why as we get drunk, we may relax temporarily, and also lose control more easily --- so we get more chatty, noisy, animated, and more easily annoyed and aggressive, too. SOme of us are much more sensitive to the aggression-releasing efect of alcohol than others. And it's also fairly typical that we don't well remember wat we did while drunk. (Oddly, we may sometimes remember our misconduct better the next time we get drunk, than when we are sobre).
Couldn't you cut down on your drinking ? Depending on your sensitivity to this efect, you might even profitably cut it out, and substitute non-alcoholic drinks ?
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