Can Alcohol Cause Depersonalization?

Can Alcohol cause Depersonalization?

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We all know that there is a direct link between drug use and depersonalization -- but what’s discussed less frequently is the possible link between depersonalization and alcohol. Can alcohol cause depersonalization? Can it make it worse? Can it make it better?

It’s not nearly as common as drug-induced depersonalization --

but I have heard it from many sufferers over the years: they go out to a bar / club, have a few drinks too many -- and feel hazy / depersonalized for days or weeks afterwards.

I went through this exact thing myself.

My depersonalization hit me at the age of 25, at a time when I was a pretty sociable guy who enjoyed going out and having a few beers. But when I got DP, that all changed. For the first few months I hardly left the house -- sociability was the last thing on my mind. But as time went by I attempted to get some semblance of a life back -- and that meant going out with friends and having drinks.

Can Alcohol Cause Depersonalization?

 

And invariably, the alcohol would help me to forget the feelings of depersonalization for a few hours. This was incredibly exciting at the time -- for the first time in months I was able to relax a little and enjoy myself. Of course, this usually meant that I wanted to keep partying until all hours and keep the feelings of DP at bay for as long as possible.

But of course, the party had to end sometime. And I would pay for it over the next few days. Heightened feelings of stress, anxiety -- and of course, DP -- would overwhelm me. I would sink into a depression, thinking I was stuck in this condition forever. After a few weeks, I’d get brave enough to try going out again, and the cycle would repeat.

Now, this may sound as if there is some complex relationship between alcohol and depersonalization. But as with everything DP-related, the actual explanation is very simple.

So, can alcohol cause Depersonalization?

The answer is No -- Alcohol itself doesn’t cause depersonalization.

Of course it doesn’t -- If that were the case, it would have to carry a mental health warning and nobody would touch the stuff! People drink to relax and have fun. And in fact, alcohol usually causes depersonalization to recede temporarily. Why?

Well, think about it -- Why is it a social lubricant? Why does it reduce your inhibitions?

Because it reduces feelings of anxiety.

As this article from Healthline says: "At first, drinking can reduce fears and take your mind off of your troubles. It can help you feel less shy, give you a boost in mood, and make you feel generally relaxed. In fact, alcohol’s effects can be similar to those of antianxiety medications."

And when your base level of anxiety drops, so do the feelings of DP. That’s why going out for a few drinks can be such a relief for sufferers of the condition.

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But alcohol also causes hangovers --

and hangovers cause anxiety --

and anxiety causes depersonalization.

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DP almost never occurs while the person is inebriated and having a good time. It’s always a result of feeling hungover. Anxiety is the root cause of depersonalization and therefore, alcohol reduces feelings of depersonalization -- at least until the hangover kicks in!

Think about the symptoms of being badly hungover:

Fatigue and weakness
Headaches and muscle aches
Poor or decreased sleep
Shakiness
Brain Fog
Increased sensitivity to light and sound
Dizziness or a sense of the room spinning
Decreased ability to concentrate
Mood disturbances, such as depression,
anxiety and irritability
Rapid heartbeat

Now, think about adding those feelings on top of the symptoms and heightened levels of anxiety that come with a condition like DP. You’d be doubling, tripling the anxiety levels, right? And that’s what sends people spiraling off into negative thought patterns for days and weeks on end.

So when somebody says that they have a few too many drinks and they feel depersonalized for weeks afterwards -- that’s not a result of the alcohol itself. It’s a result of the anxious feelings that come with feeling hungover.

Can Alcohol cause Depersonalization?

Now, think about adding those feelings on top of the symptoms and heightened levels of anxiety that come with a condition like DP. You’d be doubling, tripling the anxiety levels, right? And that’s what sends people spiraling off into negative thought patterns for days and weeks on end.

So when somebody says that they have a few too many drinks and they feel depersonalized for weeks afterwards -- that’s not a result of the alcohol itself. It’s a result of the anxious feelings that come with feeling hungover.

And by the way: Once you’ve recovered from DP, which you can and will do 100%, you can absolutely get back to enjoying your social drinking. Alcohol, caffeine etc -- Your life will be back to normal as if you had never felt any DP.

 

Because the alcohol and caffeine is not the issue, the anxiety is the issue.
And understanding that is the first step towards your recovery from Depersonalization.

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