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Methyphobia (from Greek methy, "alcohol"), or potophobia (from Latin poto, "drink") is a fear of alcohol, such as beer and wine. Sufferers of methyphobia would avoid drinking alcohol as well as encountering someone who drinks it. A common cause of fear is the alcohol's effects on person's behavior with more violence and abuse.

Most cases of methyphobia are self-diagnosed and is commonly considered irrational. If sufferers drink alcohol or when getting near intoxicated people, they may suffer a variety of symptoms including

  • Dry mouth
  • Heart palpitations
  • Numbness
  • Heightened senses
  • Breathlessness
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Muscle tension
  • Hyperventilation
  • Trembling
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Feeling out of control
  • Feeling trapped and unable to escape
  • Intense feeling of impending disaster.

There are many available treatment options for methyphobia, including talk therapy, support groups, exposure therapy, hypnotherapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. For severe sufferers, anti-anxiety medication can be used ever independently or together with other methods listed.

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