View Full Version : Alcohol ADD and Hyperfocus


addcdelta
04-20-14, 01:31 PM
Hey guys, this is my first post on this site and to be honest my first outward acknowledgment of my undiagnosed ADD. The point to this post is to see if anyone else's hyperfocus is amplified by alcohol and/or other drugs/vices and if the feeling of normality and a sense of self control is also felt during intoxication. Any imput or anecdotes on the subject are very much welcome!!

USMCcop
04-20-14, 08:48 PM
I never thought of that before. I don't recall ever hyperfocusing when I use to drink (nightly); however, I was able to right very well (creative writing, etc). Alcohol relaxed me and cleared my multiple thoughts.

I do/did hyperfocus while at work.

InfiniteM
04-21-14, 01:38 AM
There is no such disease as ADD.

sarahsweets
04-21-14, 04:37 AM
I dont think anyone said adhd was a disease.

To the OP: When I was drinking alcohol never made me chill or calm, it did the opposite. I felt strangely in control, hyper,talkative. It was one of the reasons it was so hard for me to get sober.


There is no such disease as ADD.

fracturedstory
04-25-14, 06:47 AM
Alcohol calms my anxiety a bit, but I tried to sit down and write and failed miserably. Well, I wasn't that miserable about it. I more shrug it off and kept drinking my glass of red wine.

I get hyper and talkative too. I suppose I get more motivated to do things and have my usual stubborn determination about doing things right. Even when I talk I have to get my point across perfectly, instead of when I'm sober where I'll say a few lines and then give up if people don't understand. It's kind of like hyper focus. I'm unrelenting in what I do or say. I'm more attentive to people too. I suppose I do get creative too. I usually have a few drinks when I take photos of bands and I like to experiment and change through 4 lenses in about 2 songs. I'm very focused on taking photos until the band stops playing or I get too tired and start screwing up.

InfiniteM
05-09-14, 04:45 PM
Why do you think that you have ADD?

ZehRed
06-08-14, 02:06 PM
Alcohol is so relaxing I love it. I don't hyperfocus, but it feels like I'm concentrating even though there's no cognitive enhancement. I'm able to know what I'm doing while getting distracted but not much in a fog or it's just because I don't care. I just feel completely normal and say thank you, please without getting distracted. It's really confusing.

It's like a stimulant because it reduces your filter (Makes you more impulsive so you talk more) but it's a sedative at the same time (Makes you relaxed as hell and care free).

It's like benzodiazepines which is why I love to get my hands on those because it reuptakes GABA neurotransmitters in the brain like alcohol does. Alcohol also increases dopamine and i think it does something with the opiod receptors which is why you feel less pain i guess idk

sarahsweets
06-09-14, 05:27 AM
It's like benzodiazepines which is why I love to get my hands on those because it reuptakes GABA neurotransmitters in the brain like alcohol does. Alcohol also increases dopamine and i think it does something with the opiod receptors which is why you feel less pain i guess idk
What do you take the benzos for?

ZehRed
06-09-14, 01:17 PM
What do you take the benzos for?

I was prescribed Clonazepam for severe agitation 1mg a day but I don't take it anymore so I just knock myself out with antipsychotics.

TheOrange
07-06-14, 05:55 PM
I don't drink much at all. But when I do, I'm much better at socializing and I can definitely hyperfocus, and it scares the **** out of me. I know for sure I could get addicted to alcohol if I drink more, so I try to avoid it as much as possible, and it's going pretty damn good right now (and I'm in college! and yes, I do have friends ;) ).

petester
08-12-14, 12:47 AM
For me its the opposite my adhd is really hyperfocused everyday im sober so much so that I only sleep for maybe a hour at a time because my mind is constantly running and during my everyday things I have to really focus on one thing just to finish it like when im cleaning my apartment ill start sanitizing the counters in the kitchen then half way through ill clean the bathroom mirror then I might work on my bike for a few min THEN finish the kitchen counters my mind kinda flops around like a moth at the window ,alcohol slows my mind down so I temporarily feel like a normal person but ive self medicated with it for so long its damaged my mind even more than it already was.when somebody tried talking to me once while I was putting library books in my bag after they left I was pacing back and forth trying to remember what I was doing so the security guard called the cops saying I was probably tripping on acid.

lmg2474
08-13-14, 02:09 PM
Wow I was just thinking about this last night when I was having a few glasses of wine. I can definitely identify with hyperfocusing while drinking. While it impairs others I actually function more efficiently after a few drinks. It's sort of like taking Adderall. I guess anything (alcohol/drugs) that stimulates that void that we ADDers have in our frontal lobe sort of counteracts the ADD. That's why I think a lot of people with ADD have huge addiction problems.

petester
08-15-14, 11:24 PM
Maybe thats it.....ill foreword your insights to my frontal lobe and we'll get back to you later.

TheDreamer
08-19-14, 05:17 AM
I need to cut down on the alcohol. I also get very relaxed and talkative after a couple of glasses of wine or beer. My problem is to not continue and drink more than that. It's like I think that every extra glass will make me more relaxed and feel even better. It works up to a point...but I pay for it the next day.

Any tips for keeping it to, say, two glasses of wine on a fri and sat night? Or is it best to try to drop it altogether? If I open a bottle of wine I tend to end it during one evening.

dvdnvwls
08-19-14, 06:12 AM
I need to cut down on the alcohol. I also get very relaxed and talkative after a couple of glasses of wine or beer. My problem is to not continue and drink more than that. It's like I think that every extra glass will make me more relaxed and feel even better. It works up to a point...but I pay for it the next day.

Any tips for keeping it to, say, two glasses of wine on a fri and sat night? Or is it best to try to drop it altogether? If I open a bottle of wine I tend to end it during one evening.

Let's just say Self-Control for Drunk ADHDers will be a very very difficult book to write, if anyone tries it. :)

TheDreamer
08-19-14, 09:06 AM
Let's just say Self-Control for Drunk ADHDers will be a very very difficult book to write, if anyone tries it. :)

Point taken :) .

As I'm rather introverted it's also hard to turn down a drink when offered at a party for example. It would be like deciding that I want to be quiet and awkward the entire evening instead of relaxed and talkative.

To answer the OP question, I do feel like I'm able to hyperfocus better after a few drinks. I suppose it has to do with the anxiety going away. But considering that the anxiety is greater the next day it's not really worth it IMO.

stef
08-19-14, 09:23 AM
I need to cut down on the alcohol. I also get very relaxed and talkative after a couple of glasses of wine or beer. My problem is to not continue and drink more than that. It's like I think that every extra glass will make me more relaxed and feel even better. It works up to a point...but I pay for it the next day.



Exactly! chatty and social anxiety disappears, *poof*
But then I feel so great, that I usually have one glass of wine too many :doh:

(it's not too much of a problem though, because this is always over dinner on weekends and I never drink alone).

RobboW
08-19-14, 10:06 AM
I like to drink in the evening whilst making dinner. I relax nicely if I don't drink too much.

I find it slows and stills my mind, I think that's why I enjoy it. Stopping the restlesness of my mind, not scattering much.

It doesn't really make me focus so it's not productive as such, just calming. The problem with it is that I can become agitated easier if the pleasant feeling is disturbed much. I tend to avoid drinking at other times unless I (rarely) go out somewhere socially.

Neighsayer
09-04-14, 06:30 AM
the only things alcohol help me hyperfocus on is multiplayer FPS games and porn. heh.. i wish it was universal though!