Very Well Health says, “Research has shown that people who have ADHD have an increased risk for alcohol use disorder (AUD) and may start drinking at an earlier age. When people with ADHD consume alcohol, their symptoms of inattentiveness and impulsiveness may increase.
Studies have shown that individuals with ADHD are prone to binge drinking (a pattern of drinking to intoxication). Drinking too much can aggravate ADHD symptoms, including impulsiveness and difficulty focusing.
If the alcohol use is long term, it is known to make other symptoms of ADHD worse and impair memory, speech, cognitive ability (thinking and memory), and proper decision-making.
Does Alcohol Help With ADHD?
Drinking alcohol doesn’t help individuals with ADHD. Whether they are on medication or not, there can be adverse effects when consuming alcohol. This is not to say that you can’t have a drink occasionally. To be safe, check with your healthcare professional regarding alcohol use.
When an individual has ADHD, it is important to understand the effects of alcohol. Drinking alcohol can increase the symptoms of ADHD, such as impulsivity and impaired decision-making. People with ADHD are at increased risk of alcohol use disorder. Alcohol and ADHD medications can produce side effects.
Speak with your healthcare provider before consuming alcohol and ask about the risks and side effects whether you are on medication for ADHD or not.”
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