OCD and Drinking

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  1. aninnymouse

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    I'm just curious. Does anyone else get kinda OCD when they get drunk?

    Me, I'm forever scrubbing my hands across my face, and I tend to get the munchies when I'm drunk. It's not that I'm really HUNGRY, or anything, but it's just the act of reaching for something and putting it in my mouth.

    anyone else do the same?
     
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    My only obsession when I've had too much to drink, is to look like I haven't had too much too drink. Apparently this looks hilarious, but drinking brings out the control freak in me.
     
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    I gab constantly to keep conversation running (+ keeping my own drunken boredom low) and become hugely humorous, which is most likely at my own expense :footinmouth:
     
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    I am sorry but none of this is OCD when you have OCD you preform certian rituals to relieve the anxiety that people with OCD suffer. I know this as I suffer from OCD
     
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    Would one of those rituals be correcting posts that aren't serious about being OCD in a totalitarian manner? :tongue2:

    Sorry, I am a wee bit soused and don't mean to take the piss :wink:
     
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    Yeah. Maybe some people are good about locking down that sort of anxiety when sober, but when they're drunk, the roadblocks leave, and they do what they like.
     
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    A fellow OC here... do you find alcohol actually reducing the anxiety and relaxing your need to initiate compulsions? I've heard for different sufferers it can have different effects. For me, though, alcohol always relieved much of my OCD-related anxiety (though OCD and non OCD-related anxiety tend to blur into indistinguishability at some point for me)
     
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    I have a of of friends who are alcoholic, and they tell me that there is a large OCD component to their disease.
     
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    That makes too much sense to be comfortable about. Damn.:frown1:
     
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    I have OCD, with some things particularly more than others, and I feel like drinking helps me relax and not feel as anxious about my obsessions. So for me, I do not think drinking perpetuates my OCD tendencies.
     
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    I don't get OCD when I drink, but drinking does intensify my oral fixation intensely.
     
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    I'm a little confused on the logic here. OCD is an anxiety-based illness, and the amount of stress and overall brain activity of an individual directly corresponds to the number of negative stimuli present.

    Alcohol is a depressant that dulls the senses and decreases brain activity. So why would an inebriated obsessive-compulsive who is has slowed brain activity be more affected by negative stimuli than when sober?
     
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    I'm another one who doesn't get the OCD connection.

    But, alcohol IS KNOWN to stimulate the appetite -- even if you really don't feel hungry.

    Part or the mechanism is that alcohol is a diuretic (makes you pee). When you lose urine, you lose other things.

    The body is constantly trying to balance its water with its sodium, potassium, and other minerals. The result may be food cravings -- particularly salty snacks.
     
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    This.

    That may be more what it is, an oral fixation. I notice I'm not counting things or doing anything with other parts of my body, but my face...Hmm.
     
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