Alcohol and autism


#1

Do people drink alcohol or not? Why?


#2

Not any more!

I used to drink daily. Alcohol helped me unwind and (for the first drink of the evening) feel great. But I increasingly came to realise that it was one of the causal factors in my depressive moods and so I gave it up. Which was really hard. And it was also really tough because at the time it happened it wasn’t really anything I could talk about with anyone. Its fine to like a drink, and its fine to have a few years sobriety behind you, but saying you think you have a problem with drink, when you aren’t sure you can hack sobriety is an incredibly tricky thing to admit.


#3

I did as self meditation for over 30 years, but I’m nearly 5 years without. It helped me manage the intense distress of having to mask myself in a hostile environment. For example, I learnt to engage in eye contact and smiling at people, yet it always caused me considerable pain/distress. Stopping drinking has meant that I’ve had to try to learn other ways of soothing. It is great since I learnt I’m autistic, as now I have “permission” to stim and openly exhibit other behavioural traits, or avoid distressing ones. I’ve had to diligently practice not smiling and not looking people in the face, because if I do it causes me distress that I can’t soothe, but I now have a reason and an excuse. So the distress is reduced considerably. But I’ll never drink again. Too risky now.


#4

This is very interesting, thank you to you both for being willing to post this.