ZocdocAnswersCan one cup of liquor cause an anxiety attack?

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Can one cup of liquor cause an anxiety attack?

Can one cocktail trigger an anxiety attack

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Thank you for this question. Unfortunately, it is hard to answer this question for everyone, so it is important for you to speak with your doctor. In general, alcohol tends to be a mild sedative, and so it will not cause anxiety. Instead, it may help some people to feel less anxious. There are obvious exceptions to this rule, however, and many of them depend on many patient specific factors possibly including the overall health of the patient, other medical problems, and also the medications that he or she may be taking. If you or someone you know appear to have had an anxiety attack or are in need of medical attention, please speak with your doctor or go to an emergency department immediately to get the help that you need. There are many things that can be done to help you with symptoms of anxiety and to help you recover quickly. A doctor may also be able to help determine what the cause of the attack was and if there is more that needs to be done to either treat or prevent this problem from happening again in the future. Please speak with your doctor about this question and your concerns.

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