How does adrenaline work?
August 13, 2012 11:51 AM Subscribe
Adrenaline and sobriety, how does it work?
posted by peachfuzz to health & fitness (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I had an interesting experience this weekend where I was very pleasantly buzzed off a few drinks, and an emergency came up that required me and a couple other people to jump into fast and complex action for a fairly prolonged period. I felt completely sober and could focus and act "together" in a way that I know I normally cannot when I've had more than two drinks. I could remember first responder training stuff that I normally have trouble with in sober non-emergencies. Based on the reports of people around us and the (good) outcome, I do not think I was just feeling sober but actually acting drunk.
The friends I was with report the same experience. We know we weren't actually sober, but we definitely felt like it and could act as if we were. It's gotten me very interested in how adrenaline works, exactly, and how it behaves when your system is already altered - what makes me feel like I'm sober when a sudden shock pops up, and how valid is that perceived sobriety? I know my BAC was the same, of course, but I was more coordinated and quicker with reactions than I am when I haven't had a drink at all.