Your mood starts improving, you loosen up and become a bit more outgoing -- sound familiar after you've had a drink or even a few?
Doctors are saying that while alcohol may temporarily relieve your stress, in the long run, it actually makes it worse.
"If they're drinking to really just de-stress and that becomes their coping mechanism, in the long run, that's probably not a very good idea," says Ann Rost, a clinical psychologist.
Rost gets it -- who hasn't had a few drinks to blow off some steam?
"So you're stressed out, you have a glass of wine, it decreases your stress."
But she says turning to alcohol when you're stressed has the potential of becoming a problem very quickly.
"The problem is that it then increases the likelihood that the next time you're stressed, you're also going to turn to alcohol. It's a risky choice."
In psychology, they call this a negative reinforcement cycle.
"In the long run, you just begin to avoid your problems and thus avoiding your life."
On the other hand, doctors say alcohol does decrease stress -- for the moment.
"Physically what happens there is, just like an anti-anxiety medicine, it activates the same receptors in the brain as alcohol does, so it actually does decrease anxiety," says Dr. Jamie Thomas, a physician at Cox.
He says alcohol has some savory short term effects.
"There's a receptor in your brain...called a GABA receptor, and when you drink alcohol, it activates that receptor and gives you kind of a mellow or less anxious feeling."
Yet over time, all the harmful effects of alcohol may put you in a situation where you become even more stressed than you originally were.
"You have a higher heart rate, you might be more agitated, your blood pressure might be high as well."
And that's just to name a few. Rost says instead, try something other than avoidance tactics, which is what she says alcohol is.
"If people can find more adoptive ways of coping -- social support, spiritual connections, meeting problems head on, just more productive coping."