As part of my anxiety treatment my doctor recommended that I stop drinking alcohol. He suggested that I used alcohol as a crutch, a way to kill my feelings of anxiety without ever really dealing with them.
I know that he was right. I would not call myself an alcoholic but I was definitely drinking too much. And it was not because I love drinking, or being drunk, I just like the loose uninhibited feeling that I got when I had had a few drinks. It was so much different than the way I felt when I was sober.