> Joan Didion once wrote, regarding her daughter’s alcoholism, not even doctors can argue alcohol is not an incredibly powerful anti-anxiety agent. Didion was not advocating for heavy drinking, but trying to show readers how addiction happens. I sometimes walk people down a similar path when explaining why I cut. The main reason I kept up with it for so long was that it worked so well at curbing my anxiety. It provided me the same instantaneous anxiety relief some find in alcohol.