Drinking Alcohol with SPD

by Mary
(Michigan )

Hi. I am nearly 21 years old and I am convinced I have SPD due to a number of things. My question is this to any adult with this disorder- Do you have a problem drinking alcohol?




Whenever I drink, I go from kinda buzzed to very drunk. There is no middle where I'm a little bit drunk. I never realize how drunk I'm getting until its too late.

I was just wondering if this problem could be SPD related or not. Thank you.



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Mar 19, 2020
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So tired of trying to act normal
by: Anonymous

I have sensory processing disorder - overly sensitive to stimuli. Smells are the worst, followed by noises, then light. I absolutely have to have an alcoholic beverage to function in public. It is absolutely torture if I don’t have something to tone down my senses. If I get overwhelmed, I have to leave. If I can’t leave, watch out. I am much easier to deal with and safer to myself and the public when I have a little buzz. I absolutely hate it and very, very few people understand it. Sometimes I wish I could just die. It is hard on my husband and my family and my co-workers.

May 30, 2015
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Drinking Alcohol with SPD
by: Anonymouscandy

I am 47 and a complete alcoholic.I absolutely will not stop drinking once I start. One beer would ameliorate many of my symptoms-sorta tone some down

Mar 11, 2015
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Alcohol and SPD
by: Physics Professor

I am a lifelong sufferer of SPD, now age 42, a parent and professional. I am not an alcoholic nor do I drink daily or binge drink -- I drink only small amounts socially and occasionally, a few times a week. My observation is alcohol damps out the sensory stimulus enough for me to function in an otherwise overwhelming environment, e.g. a very noisy restaurant. The effect is very fast and I am also a "light-weight" as you describe. Alcohol is the one thing I have found to prevent a PTSD-like meltdown in which I end up curled up on the floor unable to think with my hands over my ears. Usually one drink will do it. This is really just self-medicating, but hopefully not to an unhealthy level, and as there is no other standard medical treatment for SPD (sorry, don't think therapy is going to cut it in my case) I don't see another option.

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