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11 Jun 2022, 2:12 pm

Curious if anyone would like to share their thoughts on being in the spectrum and their relationship with Alcohol.

I'm happy to share my experiences in due course.



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11 Jun 2022, 2:18 pm

I'm teetotal, meaning I don't drink alcohol and have never been drunk before (and I'm not religious nor have any physical health conditions).

Sometimes it makes me feel like an alien on this planet, like I don't belong, because realistically British people (between the ages of about 16-60) that don't care for alcohol are extremely rare, probably about 0000000000000.1% of the UK population.


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11 Jun 2022, 2:55 pm

I'm not addicted , as in, if I were banned from drinking it for six months I wouldn't care. But I use it to loosen up sometimes. If I'm in deep depression I'll have a drink, because the alternative is to just endure the pain.
Some situations in life are just tortuous without it,such as going somewhere to socialise with strangers. If I feel in an introverted mood and I have an appointment to spend time with someone I'll use it to ensure I'm not cold towards said person.

I have a need for socialising, but most people I know are not autistic. So they're going to expect me to do things they find easy but I find hard. Like socialising in groups of people I'm not familiar with, if I don't drink in those situations its just bad for me and them.



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11 Jun 2022, 3:00 pm

Experience with Alchohol and autism …. Not a good combination, when or if you get hung over , I believe the effect is heavily multiplied by virtue of being a Aspie. Personal experience .. am durn near being a teetotaler , as you can be without being one , or admitting to it .Now. But did experiment for many years , but never heavily . Not good at being addicted to stuff of that nature . And when was younger my body seemed to be able to process that stuff better. Started off with social drinking . Drank very rarely in private . And as I did not really get into social drinking even, it seemed that I accomplished much more than my NT peers . In those days , And did make a few very few,soft relationships that way that helped me in business , much later. Life focus did not revolve around any thing that had to do with alcohol. Probably should say here never went out of my way to have many friends , much
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11 Jun 2022, 3:03 pm

I don't really know if there's any connection between alcohol consumption trend and autism.

I'm a moderate drinker and pretty much only drink wine. I only drink for its taste, not for its effect on me. So if there were a non-alcoholic wine that tastes exactly the same as real wine, I would definitely choose that.

I am not capable of becoming addicted to alcohol because a glass or two make me too sleepy to have any more.

I know two other autistic people's drinking habits. One is like me and the other doesn't drink at all.



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11 Jun 2022, 3:35 pm

quaker wrote:
Curious if anyone would like to share their thoughts on being in the spectrum and their relationship with Alcohol.

I'm happy to share my experiences in due course.

Well I have a complicated relationship with alcohol due to being church of Christ.The church of Christ bans alcohol for its members so I am a rebel in that department.I am not allowed to drink in public sometimes.I used to be banned from drinking even when I was older than 21.I drink beer and wine and the occasional cocktail but I never get drunk.I am trying to get alcohol be more accepted in the church of Christ.My dad gave me beer for the first time when I was a little kid which is perfectly legal in Texas.But I try to drink every day but I only drink in moderation.I have at least one sip of red wine for communion every day.I am not even allowed to drink at my birthday with friends.



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11 Jun 2022, 4:03 pm

My relationship with it comes and goes. It took me a long time to start to develop an interest in drinking and my interest tends to randomly evaporate for years only to come back like the McRib.


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11 Jun 2022, 11:07 pm

I drink alcohol much more than I'd like to. I find it hard to relax after socializing and going through sensory overload all day at work, so I've developed a habit of drinking during the week. I don't ever really get drunk, so that's not an issue, but I still shouldn't be drinking that often.



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11 Jun 2022, 11:27 pm

My sensitive tasting wouldn't allow me to drink beyond a sip or a bottle if I like it enough.

I couldn't get accustomed to any alcohol flavors yet. It'll take some coaxing to make me drink more than I'd voluntarily do myself.


And the effects? Being tipsy or at least closer to getting drunk?
Sure, I'm that kind of happy drunk.

But cognitively not worth it.
It's giving me this weird tunnel like processing when navigating, already bottlenecking my already quantity limited processing due to chronic poor sleep.
It doesn't make me more relaxed, it just make me have to tighten my control more. It's like losing my internal traction more than I already have.

Never been drunk enough to experience a hungover.
Attempted to have it as a sleep aide from an advice. But again, my sense of taste wouldn't let me reach a point of actually being drunk.


TLDR; my relationship with alcohol is more or less the same towards any flavors I wouldn't like to taste, and effects are not worth it enough.

Anything else (social/culture wise) is irrelevant.


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12 Jun 2022, 3:49 am

quaker wrote:
Curious if anyone would like to share their thoughts on being in the spectrum and their relationship with Alcohol.

I'm happy to share my experiences in due course.

I drink very little of it.
When I played a pub sport I drank much more.
Drinking is a social thing for me, I guess.



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12 Jun 2022, 10:24 am

Thank you Edna for putting this so concisely , what you wrote here is a strong similarity to what ,I have gone through for years with the stuff .
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But cognitively not worth it.
It's giving me this weird tunnel like processing when navigating, already bottlenecking my already quantity limited processing due to chronic poor sleep.
It doesn't make me more relaxed, it just make me have to tighten my control more. It's like losing my internal traction more than I already have.

Always thought it was a struggle to drink , had drinkers on both sides of parents , but in spite of my efforts
And what few friends , had in high school , lent towards my drinking and experimentation for many years , on and off of my life . Did not realize the struggle my brain was in trying to maintain normal function . Actually did not have the words to describe it. But that was definitely what my brain was doing. But in my own way as with many things .
I did source the cleaner alcohol to drink . Less distillates ,so hangovers were minimal when I used to drink on a periodic basis. But was doing what I thought normal people did , To let off stress.

Except did not realize that trying hold onto control , Was more draining than the relief that it gave.


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12 Jun 2022, 10:33 am

Joe90 wrote:
I'm teetotal, meaning I don't drink alcohol and have never been drunk before (and I'm not religious nor have any physical health conditions).

Sometimes it makes me feel like an alien on this planet, like I don't belong, because realistically British people (between the ages of about 16-60) that don't care for alcohol are extremely rare, probably about 0000000000000.1% of the UK population.


You should have put the decimal point on the left side of the zeroes. Not to the right side. :lol:

But we get what youre saying.

The actual percentage of Brits who dont get sloshed probably really is about 0000000000000.1%. One in a thousand.

But to a nondrinker it probably seems like it's only .00000000000001%. One in a gazillion.



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12 Jun 2022, 10:34 am

I am very sensitive, and learned early that alcohol impacted me quickly and negatively (I don't generally like the loss of control and it upsets my stomach). I was a teetotaler until during a decade-long medical hardship, two doctors(!) told me to drink. I tried it out in moderation: I have one small drink about once a month with my BFF. It's ok. However, when I went through a really hard and significant lifestyle shift last year, I drank about 4-8 oz every day for a week... just enough for a small buzz, nothing more. It was helpful, not hurtful. So I suppose I self-medicated, and that was ok. Everything in moderation. Use it, don't abuse it.



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12 Jun 2022, 2:16 pm

naturalplastic wrote:
Joe90 wrote:
I'm teetotal, meaning I don't drink alcohol and have never been drunk before (and I'm not religious nor have any physical health conditions).

Sometimes it makes me feel like an alien on this planet, like I don't belong, because realistically British people (between the ages of about 16-60) that don't care for alcohol are extremely rare, probably about 0000000000000.1% of the UK population.


You should have put the decimal point on the left side of the zeroes. Not to the right side. :lol:

But we get what youre saying.

The actual percentage of Brits who dont get sloshed probably really is about 0000000000000.1%. One in a thousand.

But to a nondrinker it probably seems like it's only .00000000000001%. One in a gazillion.


Sorry, I'm not very good at maths. :lol: :lol:

I do sometimes feel lonely and weird because I don't drink. Even other Aspies I know drink, especially when they go out. So I don't think me not drinking is even due to being Aspie, I'm just different altogether. Whenever I confide in people about it, they just say "loads of people don't drink". Well, I have yet to meet those loads of people.


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13 Jun 2022, 4:59 pm

Funnily enough me being teetotal is actually more alienating than being on the spectrum. I believe just as many Aspies drink as NTs, so I don't think me having an ASD has anything to do with teetotalism.

I know that I'd have more friends, and more of a social life, if I drank enough alcohol to relax and get drunk. Yes, it's a sad society.

I would be happy being teetotal but society makes me beat myself up about it instead.


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13 Jun 2022, 5:09 pm

forgive me if you've already said, but i dont remember reading it. What is the actual reason you dont ever drink anything?