3 thoughts on “Drugs and Alcohol and Creativity

  • September 30, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I think a lot of it boils down to routine. The creative process really is a true process. Habits, routines and superstitions feed the process and are rewarded and reinforced by successful creative sessions. The positive reinforcement ingrains the actions and makes us more apt to repeat them. Eventually, we can’t feel creative without them. It’s sad, but it’s true.

  • February 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    many bands claim creativity increased onced they QUIT DRUGS, and with LESS practice needed

  • March 1, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    I’m a researcher who has worked with creativity for over 40 years and this relationship is spurious. First, if we think about a person on drugs and general performance, people THINK they perform better than they do on drugs. So self-report means little to nothing. Secondly, people who are uptight generally may perform better ONLY because it relaxes them to be able to work in the first place. Thirdly, we have no idea of how they might have performed better if they HADN’T used drugs because we know that drugs can also have negative effects on motivation and brain function too. Fourthly, just because two things coexist – drugs (or sex, smoking, or eating for that matter) doesn’t mean the one contributed to the other.


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