Anxious Without my Drink
April 2, 2009 9:55 PM Subscribe
What's the closest alcohol substitute for a performer with anxiety?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (31 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I no longer drink, but I still get nervous when playing in front of crowds. I'm looking for something (legal) I can take that will loosen me up and can be taken on an as needed basis. Getting a prescription is not a problem. Currently I'm leaning toward beta blockers, but I have no experience that would validate their usefulness- I've only heard stories of performers using it.
Again, I'm not specifically looking for any feelings of wellbeing a la alcohol, but the disinhibiting/anxiety reducing qualities.
I know the "tough love" answer would be to overcome stagefright naturally, but that's not an option for me at this point.
Thanks in advance!