Sleepless on Alcohol?

I recently started trying new types of alcohol, buying various kinds from the grocery store to drink them at home. Usually I don't drink by myself, but I figured having a bottle/can a night, maybe twice a week, wouldn't be harmful. But I recently noticed something about myself that I never noticed before - alcohol gives me energy. I drank a single bottle of beer around 6-7 pm, but it kept me up all night! I absolutely couldn't sleep. It energized me more than a cup of coffee.

I've talked to a few people about it, but they've never heard of this effect. Alcohol is supposed to be a sedative, but a single beer made me energetic. I'm not a stranger to alcohol; the beer barely affected me in any other way. I'm a little irritated that I'm not going to be able to have a single bottle of beer unless I drink it before 4 pm! Does anyone else have this reaction to alcohol? No one else I've talked to has had this reaction. How do I enjoy a bit of alcohol without being awake all night?

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