Alcohol

Komeds123

New Here
Hello,
I was wondering if getting drunk with PTSD was a possibility.
I had a traumatic experience with drugs around a year ago and haven’t really tried getting drunk since, I’ve taken a few sips of alcohol if I had the opportunity but this seemed to make me hypervigilant. Would getting fully drunk just cause a panic attack?
 

Movingforward10

MyPTSD Pro
Hi and welcome.
Anyone can get drunk. What happens then depends on so many things.
Do you want to get drunk? And if you do, do you know why?

When I was a young teenager and then young adult, I got drunk and took drugs to numb and block out. Worked wonderfully for that. No panic attacks at all (although plenty of highs that took me to dark places.....) But absolutely unhealthy for me in all sorts of ways (what I did under the influence, etc, became a person I am not proud of).

I think the questions really are about why you want to get drunk?
Drinking alcohol doesn't have to result in being drunk. If it does, then there is a problem going on.....
 

Friday

Moderator
I’ve taken a few sips of alcohol if I had the opportunity but this seemed to make me hypervigilant
Sounds like either drinking, or the effects, or both... are a trigger for you.

The following would be some good reading on managing triggers & stressors.



Would getting fully drunk just cause a panic attack?
Very probably. Or flashbacks. Or an anxiety attack. Or any other symptomatic response to a trigger. Or it may not. Regardless, I think approaching drinking cautiously is sensible, especially as you’ve had some indications it’s going to be challenging for you.
I was wondering if getting drunk with PTSD was a possibility.
In short? Yes.

But the longer answer is that there’s a huge spectrum of responses/reactions to drinking (even without being on meds, which often create a dangerous and toxic interaction).

On one end of the spectrum many people abuse alcohol for various reasons, or become addicted to alcohol. (2 different things). Many others drink in moderation (including occasionally to excess, without rising to the level of abuse; and including as a tool / OTC self medicating. Like having a single beer/glass of wine to relax their anxiety before or after doing something stressful, not the classic “self medicating” that is synonymous with alcohol abuse). Many others abstain entirely, because it affects their symptoms or life badly. <<< And those are just snippets from the PTSD list. Personal preference also plays a huge role. Many people who could drink? Simply don’t like to.
 

Survivor3

MyPTSD Pro
Alcohol can make you paranoid. I'm an alcoholic so I don't drink. It masks painful and hurtful thoughts and feelings which then just come back when your hungover or sober again. You wake up feeling like shit and with less money and possibly guilt over reactive or bad drunk behaviour depending on how much you drink, how your behaving and what's going on in your life!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to preach to you, I'm just trying to answer your question from my experience. 😊 it's best to try and find other ways to cope.
 

{sxshi}

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Hello,
I was wondering if getting drunk with PTSD was a possibility.
I had a traumatic experience with drugs around a year ago and haven’t really tried getting drunk since, I’ve taken a few sips of alcohol if I had the opportunity but this seemed to make me hypervigilant. Would getting fully drunk just cause a panic attack?
It's definitely possible to get drunk and probably a little worse in its outcome. Everything personal finds a way out when I'm intoxicated, and it affects relationships. Maybe you've gone through the same? After a few years of bad addiction, I think alcohol is a bad/very tempting coping strategy. The temporary high isnt worth the embarrassment the day after
 

Mach123

MyPTSD Pro
I don’t drink anymore because the side effects are horrible. I get bad night terrors and have horrible meltdowns. It’s not worth it.
Yes same here. Looking back I think regrets are nonsense, but I can say drinking was a disaster for me. I don’t feel like drinking because even a few drinks and I won’t sleep, and I won’t be myself the next day. That’s about forty years late oh well.
 

RussellSue

MyPTSD Pro
The likelihood of becoming dependent on alcohol while having PTSD is pretty high. I stopped drinking many moons ago because I was definitely swinging that direction. I was a WHOLE LOT more comfortable drunk than I was sober and that was a great big red flag for me.

I didn't personally have any issues actually getting drunk. I was a "happy" drunk far more often than not and that was part of why I enjoyed it. Nevertheless, I have heard a lot of rough stories from sufferers through the years and how people react to drugs and alcohol is very personal.
 
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