I hear you — for me nothing works as fast and reliably as alcohol. I would get frustrated with other forms of relaxation like taking a bath or a walk, because alcohol was quick and dirty. But — there is also a lot of scientific evidence that alcohol makes our brains less responsive to pleasure. Because of the dopamine floods that occur when we drink, other types of pleasure feel less good. Thankfully, when we remove it, our brains can chemically right themselves.

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