Alcohol lowers inhibitions which can sometimes lead to
experimentation with other
substances that you may not have tried if you hadn’t been
drinking. Not only do
these substances come with risks when used alone, but mixing
these substances with alcohol can make for a dangerous combo.
Be aware of the dangers involved and use your best judgment. For
more information about drugs when used alone,
here and look in the left column.
Alcohol and Energy Drinks
Alcohol and Adderall Alcohol and Painkillers Alcohol and Marijuana Alcohol and Cocaine
Alcohol and Heroin Alcohol and Ecstasy Alcohol and LSD/Acid Alcohol and Mushrooms Alcohol and Amphetamines
We also have information on how prescribed drugs (antibiotics,
birth control, etc.)
can interact with alcohol.
Alcohol and Antibiotics Alcohol and Antidepressants Alcohol and Antihistamines Alcohol and Birth Control
Alcohol and Energy Drinks/Caffeine:
When using Red Bull or Monster as a mixer or drinking pre-mixed drinks like Four Loko or Sparks, you
are tricking your
body into thinking it’s not tired. Your body
is more intoxicated than you may feel, which can lead to alcohol
drinks also increase dehydration which leads to hangovers the
next day. Those who consumed both alcohol and caffeine were at least two times as likely --
compared to those drinking alcohol without caffeine -- to be hurt, need
medical attention, take sexual advantage of another, or accept a ride
with someone who was inebriated.
Alcohol and Adderall:
Adderall causes one to feel like they are not as drunk as they
really are. This
can lead to making very dangerous decisions since you are
unaware of your level
of intoxication. Because alcohol is a depressant and Adderall is
a stimulant, drinking
alcohol while taking Adderall can cause cardiac arrhythmias, and
paranoid or psychotic
reactions, on top of the risks of vomiting, dizziness, muscle
twitching and headaches
that are more likely to increase when mixed with alcohol.
When prescribed Adderall, patients are advised not to drink
alcohol. The side-effects
could be much more dangerous for students using Adderall without
Alcohol and Painkillers:
Includes: Vicodin, Xanax, Oxycontin, Percocet, Demerol, Norco,
Mixing painkillers with alcohol is dangerous. The mixture of
these two substances
can lead to intensified sedative effects and respiratory
can lead to liver problems and disease when used recreationally,
the mixture of
this drug with alcohol can intensify these side-effects.
Alcohol and Marijuana:
Mixing these two substances can cause heavy vomiting, spins,
very strong paranoia,
decreased motor control and decreased mental concentration.
Also, because marijuana
suppresses the gag reflex, you may not be able to throw up
alcohol when your body
Alcohol and Cocaine:
These two substances are commonly mixed with the thought that
they cancel each other
out; this is NOT TRUE. Combining cocaine and alcohol produces a
high amount of a
third unique substance, called cocaethylene. A high amount of
cocaethylene in the
body increases the already harmful risk of cardiovascular
toxicity to a much higher
extent than any other drug. Cardiovascular toxicity causes
pressure and stress on
Alcohol and Heroin:
Each of these substances alone causes depression of the central
so the mixture of the two is extremely dangerous and has been
proven to be fatal.
Alcohol and Ecstasy:
It is very well known that one should never mix ecstasy with any
other drug substance,
especially alcohol. It is known that most ecstasy related deaths
have been due to
the mixture of alcohol with the drug. When the two are mixed the
the feeling of the ecstasy’s high and puts a much greater strain
on the kidneys.
Also, dehydration caused by drinking alcohol occurs more rapidly
when on ecstasy.
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Alcohol and LSD/Acid:
Alcohol is mixed with LSD to take down or slow down the effects
and relax. However,
more commonly combining alcohol can make the comedown of the
drug much worse with
extreme nausea and vomiting.
Alcohol and Mushrooms:
Mushrooms or "Shrooms" are a psychedelic and are not meant to
ever be taken with
any other drugs. The mixture of alcohol and shrooms is usually
to help take away
the effect and high of the shrooms because alcohol is a
depressant. However, the
intended outcome is not a guarantee and side-effects include
nausea and vomiting.
Alcohol and Amphetamines:
Amphetamines alone are very risky because of the strain on the
heart and the increase
in blood pressure. When mixing alcohol with amphetamines
side-effects can become
much more serious. Consuming alcohol while taking amphetamines
can make someone
act very aggressive and irresponsible; it is extremely harmful
to the kidneys and
intensifies hangover effects.
Alcohol and Antibiotics:
It is important to always read the labels on prescription
medications and adhere
to the warnings about alcohol intake. Drinking alcohol while on
cause nausea, dizziness, vomiting, fatigue and in some cases
headache, flushing, rapid heart rate and shortness of breath.
and alcohol are both broken down through the liver the
combination of these substances
can result in liver damage. This combination also diminishes the
effects of the
antibiotics you are taking. Try to focus on getting healthy
again. You’ll probably
enjoy drinking more once you’re healthy anyway.
Combining alcohol with antidepressants (Zoloft, Prozac, etc.) can cause an increased response to alcohol -- For example, having one drink might feel like two. Also, the combination might make create unexpected emotions and inhibit the antidepressant from doing what it's supposed to do. If it is a new prescription, try it out without drinking alcohol so you are familiar with your body's reaction first and ask your doctor if you have problems.
Alcohol and Antihistamines:
Drinking alcohol while taking antihistamines can cause a less
of the medication. Your body will choose to metabolize the
alcohol before the antihistamines.
Labels typically suggest you stay away from alcohol all together
when on antihistamines
so it is very important to always check any label on the drug.
Alcohol and Birth Control Pills:
Birth control pills take three full hours to get into your blood
stream and be effective.
If you vomit due to drinking or any other causes before that
three hour window,
the effectiveness of birth control pills is diminished. Mixing
alcohol and birth
control can make some people feel nauseous, which can cause
Also, some women feel drunk quicker when on the pill since their
bodies are metabolizing
the hormones of the pill making it more difficult to metabolize
the ethanol in alcohol.
Plus, drinking can interfere with remembering to take your pill
at the same time,
which also increases the chances of pregnancy.
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