This article gives a more indepth look at the effects of alcohol on the body. The side effects are directly negative to the recovery process of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as the alcohol causes inflammation in the gut and kills off the probiotics that help to maintain a healthy immune system.
Alcohol is a poor choice for pain relief with PTSD challenged people who are dedicated to their recovery process.
I wish I had this information long ago, so I could have saved myself so much unnecessary pain as I tried that as a coping method. As a native woman, science has shown that my stomach doesn’t have the chemicals that other people have that metabolize alcohol, so the damage I was doing was doubly detrimental to my recovery.
Thankfully I gave up that habit more than 15 years ago, and I developed an allergy to it over the years of living with PTSD. In an odd way, the effect of post traumatic stress disorder on my immune system worked in a positive way for me where tobacco and alcohol are concerned. They were a couple of my addictions that I overcame long before the allergy set in, and the allergy keeps them at bay.
There is a different kind of balance that is manifesting, and learning how to maintain it is what this part of the journey is all about.