I always try my best, within human parameters, to "distill" for personal biases - either of circumstances, or strong but eccentric personal preferences, eg my preference for stronger flavors and highly salted tastes, in my commentary.
So no, I don't think my observations were distorted by "hangover" syndrome.
regarding increasingly "not following" - both scenarios you mention are very well possible.
But MTF, my friend, wouldn't you rather I ask, than
a. assume wrongly
b. stop caring enough to ask, as I have for some others in my life?
"A Purist does not believe in gilt by association. Respect, AND disdain, have to be earned..."