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Ways to replicate the feeling of being drunk.

Just went out for drinks with a good friend. You know that awesome feeling of being totally uninhibited with someone you trust, with a heightened sense of awareness of yourself, your dreams & ambitions, and the person you want the become? Well, I really do want to feel this more often. In this vein, I'm asking the hive mind, what other experiences have made you feel this way?
posted by dragonfruit to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (45 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
 
Ambien + Benadryl has made me feel drunk.
posted by dfriedman at 7:22 PM on December 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


Being really really tired, but also kind of amped, like after a cup or two of coffee. The crash afterwards is hell though.

Or illicit substances.
posted by supercres at 7:23 PM on December 24, 2012 [4 favorites]


Actually, Ambien + Sudafed works better.
posted by dfriedman at 7:24 PM on December 24, 2012


sleep dep!
posted by mannequito at 7:29 PM on December 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'll third sleep deprivation, especially if there's sugar and caffeine around, but that's not necessarily required.
posted by BungaDunga at 7:31 PM on December 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Extremely good green or kava kava (if you can find either).
posted by lovableiago at 7:33 PM on December 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


Childbirth (unmedicated and without complications). Might be a bit hard to replicate on a regular basis, though.
posted by The Toad at 7:33 PM on December 24, 2012 [9 favorites]


Childbirth can be regular, but it's always infrequent.

A bit of sleep deprivation, interrupting people, a slow meal, wearing clothes that feel 'confident,' a walk, especially if it's a bit daring without being frightening are all options.

There's always pretending to drink in the company of people who are drinking. You just pretend along with them. I had a teetotaling professor who would do that with club soda at Procter & Gamble mixers so people wouldn't think she was spying for higher-ups.
posted by michaelh at 7:40 PM on December 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


A really well-made cup of tea, using good quality leaves.
posted by Wordshore at 7:42 PM on December 24, 2012


Skinny-dipping at night.
posted by Felicity Rilke at 7:44 PM on December 24, 2012 [11 favorites]


Smoking weed when you shouldn't be (which I guess is always, technically, but the naughtier the better). Sitting at the bar at a new-to-you- restaurant or bar, even if you're not drinking alcohol. Seeing a band you don't know you love yet. Going somewhere alone, moreso if it's crowded. Doing something someone else really enjoys with them, even if you don't enjoy it. Anything outside, even a road trip. Right song + right time. Karaoke when you're not in your home town.
posted by masquesoporfavor at 7:46 PM on December 24, 2012 [12 favorites]


Really really good sushi. Or chocolate.

And seconding skinny-dipping at night.
posted by danceswithlight at 7:48 PM on December 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sex with someone you really like or love and who reciprocates those feelings in full.
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 7:51 PM on December 24, 2012 [7 favorites]


Runner's high/exercise rush.
Can also be accomplished by a good flogging (and other things), if that's your thing.
posted by rpbtm at 8:00 PM on December 24, 2012


Athletic social dancing, too. You get an exercise high and you're sharing an experience with others. You can mix in a little sleep deprivation and it's quite potent.
posted by BungaDunga at 8:09 PM on December 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


You might like some of the answers from a previous question of mine: How to throw a "high on life" party?
posted by the jam at 8:19 PM on December 24, 2012


Plus one for skinny dipping. It's an amazing feeling.
And runners high can feel a lot like flying.
posted by SLC Mom at 8:22 PM on December 24, 2012


Spin around in circles really fast until you get dizzy and fall down and it feels like the room is spinning. Then go to sleep on the bathroom floor.

Or, more seriously, go to a sweat lodge ceremony.
posted by windykites at 8:26 PM on December 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


I want to point out that the feeling you're describing isn't actually the feeling of being drunk. It's the feeling of having a good time in a safe and anxiety-free setting with company you like and trust. They're not at all the same. (Alcohol can help with the anxiety-free part, but the rest of that is coming from places other than booze.)
posted by restless_nomad at 8:27 PM on December 24, 2012 [23 favorites]


Pain killers. Vicodin. Just like drinking 6 beers without the calories.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:29 PM on December 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Opiates.
posted by Bun Surnt at 9:01 PM on December 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


what you're feeling is a function of the "good friend" part of your evening, not of the booze. Really connecting with someone so you feel seen, heard, understood, cherished -- that's the amazing feeling. Alcohol in itself does not bring that feeling. (If only it did!!)
posted by fingersandtoes at 9:04 PM on December 24, 2012 [5 favorites]


Dancing with good friends. Also karaoke - the rush of daring to sing and then being applauded. Or an amazing concert.
posted by bunderful at 9:08 PM on December 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


Part of what fingersandtoes says: feeling seen, heard, understood, cherished. And that comes with immersion. Just like drunkenness doesn't come with the first sip, the feeling of being at ease is one you have to let slowly overtake you.
posted by tapir-whorf at 9:10 PM on December 24, 2012


Jamming with good musicians does this for me. Best high ever.
posted by Doleful Creature at 9:12 PM on December 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


Performing onstage in front of an audience that enjoys what you do. Doesn't last as long but has only positive after affects. Also works fine if you delude yourself into believing you did great.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:35 PM on December 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


Stick shift + deserted road + rockin' music
posted by nacho fries at 10:18 PM on December 24, 2012 [7 favorites]


Being in the middle of the desert in the middle of the night looking up at an infinity of stars.

Nthing the night skinny dipping + in the warm ocean off a tropical island.
posted by hapax_legomenon at 11:19 PM on December 24, 2012


a luxurious drink, cozy blanket and indirect sunlight (open some windows, bask in the daylight) have been doing it for me lately.
posted by Lady Li at 11:31 PM on December 24, 2012


Nthing sleep deprivation.

And illegal drugs.
posted by anthropomorphic at 12:20 AM on December 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Doing a lot of Vipassana meditation, feeling at ease with yourself
posted by mermily at 5:43 AM on December 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Autogenics.

I took a class where we did autogenic exercises followed by brainstorming and writing. It differed from getting high and having a euphoric conversation in the sense that I couldn't get to sleep after, as opposed to not being able to stay awake. More uninhibited and less "I don't give a fuck." Otherwise, very similar.
posted by BibiRose at 6:25 AM on December 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


skydiving
posted by orme at 7:30 AM on December 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'll second performing in front of an audience as well as nothing sleep deprivation.
posted by mmascolino at 9:06 AM on December 25, 2012


Seconding a long meal, especially with people you love. I enjoy putting together a meal I call 'Mediterranean decadence', which varies with the seasons, but tends to include foods like bread and olive oil/balsamic dip, figs, fresh fruit, high quality olives, great cheeses, bruschetta, etc. San Pellegrino or sparkling juice to drink. Eaten slowly with lots of conversation and I get this warm, tipsy, alive feeling you describe.

Another way I experience this is through exploring outdoors and traveling. After a long walk or hike and I come upon some hidden waterfall or unexpected temple in the heart of a city...wow!

Playing word games with friends can induce this feeling for me too. Something starts humming in my brain as I have fun with language and laugh with friends that is similar to feeling tipsy.
posted by honeyx at 10:01 AM on December 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


My new-mother sister (and our not-so-new mother) dispute childbirth as an option, and offer Ethanox as an alternative.

I've been told being drunk is like being dehydrated, but if you're looking for the "YAY THE WORLD IS AWESOME" - that happens from pleasant company. (Personally I get mopey when drunk.)
posted by divabat at 10:42 AM on December 25, 2012


Dancing in a club with amazing music. Never felt more high in my life, seriously.
posted by DeltaForce at 11:13 AM on December 25, 2012


I've heard that fasting for a few days can have this effect.
posted by entropyiswinning at 11:44 AM on December 25, 2012


Massage, get the blood moving and when you sit up and walk around you might be a lil woobly. :)
posted by Autumn89 at 12:16 PM on December 25, 2012


Caffeine!!
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 2:17 PM on December 25, 2012


MDMA
posted by oceanjesse at 3:36 PM on December 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Road trips
posted by oceanjesse at 3:36 PM on December 25, 2012


Exercise, nitrous oxide, sex, stage performance...
posted by zvs at 6:59 PM on December 25, 2012


1) Find a bank with an ATM inside its lobby for after-hours access. Chances are good that the lobby will have indoor/outdoor carpeting somewhere on its walls.

2) Spin around in circles until you're very dizzy and then lean your face against the carpeted wall.

3) This is what it feels like to be drunk. The feeling of carpet against your face while standing up will very nicely replicate the feeling of laying on the floor drunk: your brain knows that you're standing but your sense memory will try to convince you that you're laying on the floor.
posted by Jamesonian at 5:26 AM on December 26, 2012


Laughing really hard at something silly with close friends or loved ones, and by really hard I mean to the point of aching sides can can't breath OMG please make it stop and then laughing at the fact your laughing and being unable to stop.

Also sleep deprivation is amazing for this.

Oh and being in love. That wonderful moment where you are running around on horniness and love hormones just before you know for sure if the other person likes and wants you too but you think that they do.
posted by wwax at 9:30 AM on December 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


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