Performance enhancing drugs
Hello all. Long time lurker, first time poster.
This might seem a bit off, and probably a little taboo. I am wondering if anyone or someone they knows makes use of substances, legal or otherwise, to improve their playing. I play the whistle and flute in a touring band and I find that I cannot get loose enough without a couple drinks. Otherwise, completely sober, I find that I overthink the playing and end up fumbling or fat fingering it. (If you are offended by drug use, you should probably not read the next sentence.) Recently I have broken through my speed ceiling by doing a couple lines of coke before I play. I have found I can play with better accuracy and more complex creativity when improvising. I’m not condoning the use of drugs or substances, but I am curious if anyone else has any experience or advice on the matter. Professional sports have banned the use of certain performance enhancing drugs for the reason that they *do* enhance performance.