I had way too much fun writing the Born Drunk blog post so I thought I'd add on to it and write this one. Actually, autistics are much more likely to be mistaken for being on drugs than being drunk. Here is why neurotypicals often confuse the two:
Our minds absorb too much information resulting in exaggerated startle response to stimuli. Also of course, there's all the other "odd" traits associated with autism: inappropriate laughter, eccentric behaviour, difficulty interacting with others, etc... People have often thought I smoked marijuana because I'd be laughing constantly. I'm high on life!
I probably have every mental health condition that exists under the sun: OCD, ADD, ADHD, tics (Tourette's), anxiety, depression, cptsd, multiple personality disorder... I'm kidding about that last one (or am I?...I mean we?). Although I'm sure I may come off as having MPD at times. Imagine how cool it would be though if the person you're talking to gets bored and you could switch into someone else! My ideal idea of what Heaven would be is the ability to do non-stop monologuing. Infodump until you cannot infodump no more.
Higher chances of abuse.
The vulnerability of being taken advantage of is much higher in autistic people because we can't predict other people's intentions. One might unknowingly land themselves in a human trafficking ring. Nothing happened to me, thank God.
Lack of judgement.
I can't judge or hate people. I'm constantly assessing my environment and analyzing people. If I detect a threat, then my intellect would tell me to warn others and steer clear but I don't sense actual danger. When I was in Australia, one of our tour stops had a limited amount of tents and some of us had to sleep outside. I didn't even fight for a tent. I took my sleeping bag in the middle of the forest and went to sleep. The other girls couldn't believe it. I woke up in the middle of the night to something touching the side of my head. I never got scared. It turns out it was just a wallaby looking for a snack.
Anyone who knows me knows I like to joke around a lot. However, I don't think it's funny that autistics are often treated poorly. Again, I know it's a survival instinct to fear differences. I don't blame others for fearing something they don't understand but it's a different story when autistic people are routinely abused. I'm really looking forward to a more empathetic society where no one would feel the need to get high to be happy.