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Strange alcohol effect

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 19, 2011 at 3:58 AM

For a long time now, I don't drink because it actually makes me more nervous. However, I used to have fun drinking and loved it, but I can't experience that buzzed feeling anymore. I really miss it and keep trying to drink out with friends to get that feeling, but instead I become uncomfortable and nervous. I've learned to just not drink, but anyone else have this same problem?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 29, 2011
at 06:43 PM

The strange alcohol effects came about a year before I went Paleo Actually. I was on SAD when the alcohol became harder and harder to drink.

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on June 21, 2011
at 07:11 PM

Alcohol can induce a (mostly) benign heart palpitation in susceptible people. Subjectively, it can make you feel anxious. It's probably not what you're describing, but I thought I'd mention it because it might fit. Google it.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on June 20, 2011
at 05:16 PM

Sounds like a low tolerance. If drinking is something you really want to do (understanding maybe it isn't the healthies option for any of us), then make sure you eat something, preferably with some fat, prior to drinking to help slow the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:48 PM

yah this sounds like me. It's a bummer because the vast majority of people, especially my friends, get drunk, and it's a big part of life, undeniably!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:45 PM

hmmm. With me, when I drink, I go straight to that aweful hungover feeling, which I can't understand why?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:40 PM

I have been drinking just tequila, brandy, and rum, and it seems just any kind of alcohol sets off some negative mental reaction with me. This is self-diagnosing, but when I have a sip of alcohol, it feels like my brain gets inflammed and I can't think, it's bizarre.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:39 PM

We went primal at the same time by the way. I've tried drinking every kind of alcohol, and even switching to only tequila and brandy, but nothing got me buzzed. I had a tiny sip of wine at a party yesterday and within seconds I felt like I was in an extreme mental fog, then waited about 20 minutes, and it went away. It just sucks not physcially being able to drink and enjoy it even when I try to.

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on June 19, 2011
at 04:52 PM

Yeah there's a difference between getting drunk and getting a buzz. Usually a buzz has no ill effects whereas getting drunk probably does. Although people that are buzzed, usually continue to drink to keep that good feeling going which then leads to being drunk...which is bad.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 19, 2011
at 02:33 PM

what? Can you explain this

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on June 19, 2011
at 02:31 PM

that's not what I meant, I meant drinking to get a slight buzz maybe once a week, that's all I want. Do you still think I have a mental problem?

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D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

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on June 20, 2011
at 04:15 AM

Have you tried, um, smoking? Nothing against a good alcohol buzz, but if your metabolism dislikes it, there are other ways to relax. Two quick tokes in the car before your friends hit the bar and you're set. Cheaper, too-

Also, what are you drinking, exactly? One vodka or tequila, on the rocks or with soda water, will be much less problematic than a beer, margarita, or sweet mixed drink.

My final thought: a good hard workout before, followed by plenty of water, might help you process the alcohol more quickly and smoothly. But it honestly sounds to me like you're either choosing drinks with gluten and/or sugar, or you're just simply allergic to alcohol. :(

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 20, 2011
at 03:39 PM

We went primal at the same time by the way. I've tried drinking every kind of alcohol, and even switching to only tequila and brandy, but nothing got me buzzed. I had a tiny sip of wine at a party yesterday and within seconds I felt like I was in an extreme mental fog, then waited about 20 minutes, and it went away. It just sucks not physcially being able to drink and enjoy it even when I try to.

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8caffe4dea631347b447e9f4e12fb2da

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:32 PM

I had 2 martinis one night and felt really bad for a day, it felt like a hangover of mega proportions. Never had this problem before. I normally have 2 glasses of red wine a day by my doctors orders no problem. But since going Paleo any drink other than wine and an occasional beer it's sick time.

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on June 20, 2011
at 04:20 AM

Have you tried drinking just hard alcohol or just wine? Beer has a lot of gluten in it. I found that whiskey on the rocks keeps me mellow, beer causes me anxiety.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 20, 2011
at 03:40 PM

I have been drinking just tequila, brandy, and rum, and it seems just any kind of alcohol sets off some negative mental reaction with me. This is self-diagnosing, but when I have a sip of alcohol, it feels like my brain gets inflammed and I can't think, it's bizarre.

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on June 19, 2011
at 08:11 PM

I generally have one or two drinks a day and maybe three on a Saturday. Admittedly, I enjoy the buzz, and if that means I have a problem, so be it. I too get nervous and don't enjoy the feeling if I get past a slight buzz and have thus learned to limit, slow down or spread out my intake. I have no "science" to back this up, but I attribute the anxiety to the realization that I've gotten myself to a point where I don't feel like I have enough control over what I am doing. And, ultimately, the spinning kind of sucks.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 20, 2011
at 03:45 PM

hmmm. With me, when I drink, I go straight to that aweful hungover feeling, which I can't understand why?

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on June 20, 2011
at 05:16 PM

Sounds like a low tolerance. If drinking is something you really want to do (understanding maybe it isn't the healthies option for any of us), then make sure you eat something, preferably with some fat, prior to drinking to help slow the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream.

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4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on June 19, 2011
at 02:06 PM

Does it give you heart palpitations? Holiday Heart syndrome, or atrial fibrillation, can make you feel a little nervous, if you're not used to a flutter in your heart.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 19, 2011
at 02:33 PM

what? Can you explain this

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on June 21, 2011
at 07:11 PM

Alcohol can induce a (mostly) benign heart palpitation in susceptible people. Subjectively, it can make you feel anxious. It's probably not what you're describing, but I thought I'd mention it because it might fit. Google it.

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9f933fedd259b97a5369c3ee5dae3151

on June 19, 2011
at 12:49 PM

I'm the same - I quit drinking a few years ago, I started over-thinking it and ended up making myself feel sick before I even felt tipsy. I do miss it, and there's only so much I can take being out with my friends for 7 hours, while they're wasted and I'm stone-cold sober. Sometimes I'm ambitious and have a beer, but invariably I regret it afterwards. I definitely am less social because of it, as all my friends are clubbers, especially here in Hong Kong, where I'm visiting for summer break. And because I'm on holiday, I'm expected to come out every night! Back in the Bay Area I usually stay at home with my boyfriend, do some work and smoke a joint. Much more relaxing, and no hangovers/nausea!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 20, 2011
at 03:48 PM

yah this sounds like me. It's a bummer because the vast majority of people, especially my friends, get drunk, and it's a big part of life, undeniably!

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34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on June 19, 2011
at 12:39 PM

I wouldn't ever advise drinking to get drunk, that's quite stupid. Wanting to feel drunk is a great way to develop a drinking problem. I would seek mental help for this, truly - as a child of an alcoholic parent, I feel strongly that you don't want/need to be trying to get drunk.

31d6975807b09b8d46145d3dc7a69cdc

(127)

on June 19, 2011
at 04:52 PM

Yeah there's a difference between getting drunk and getting a buzz. Usually a buzz has no ill effects whereas getting drunk probably does. Although people that are buzzed, usually continue to drink to keep that good feeling going which then leads to being drunk...which is bad.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 19, 2011
at 02:31 PM

that's not what I meant, I meant drinking to get a slight buzz maybe once a week, that's all I want. Do you still think I have a mental problem?

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Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

on June 29, 2011
at 02:10 PM

Sounds like just another case of once you clean up your diet, shitty food/drinks hit you harder than when you were unhealthy (the way it should happen.)

I can say the same thing about cake and cookies. Before paleo I had terrible fatigue going on all the time I could down 3 pieces of birthday cake and couple cookies and not feel much worse overall, but now that I'm feeling so damn good eating paleo, a piece of cake completely destroys me.

I know there's a lot of research behind a drink a day being healthy but it seems like it's not feasible for some people.

Like Jitz said, smoking might be worth a try, once it becomes legal that is...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 29, 2011
at 06:43 PM

The strange alcohol effects came about a year before I went Paleo Actually. I was on SAD when the alcohol became harder and harder to drink.

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