And that's frightening at base. What may be more frightening is that it may allow us a glimpse into more of reality "as it is" and less of just our cocky human mind layers of confidence.
Which is also to say that anxiety allows truth to emerge in fractured and jagged beauty. I'd hope that this, too, could ameliorate the dread involved, but perhaps not. Even after all of it, anxiety is not controllable, and that lack of control can itself trigger further heightening of fear and panic.
Alcohol is also about control. And oddly enough, after every drink, every bit of loosening of the reigns of one's control, there is I believe in effect a zero sum overall game in relation to anxiety. In other words, it will be back, and it will be back stronger and more lasting than before. The only way a lot of us deal with it is to have another drink, thus pushing the intensification and latency of anxiety further. Which starts a vicious cycle, of course.
So, how to tame alcoholism? Be able to deal with anxiety without alcohol. If you cannot, then you cannot drink. It really is all logical deep down, somewhere that we do not want to often see.