Many don’t think twice about mixing an alcoholic beverage with prescription medications or with illegal drugs to achieve a better high. Mixing drugs and alcohol could have serious, lifelong repercussions.
Alcohol is a depressant, and when taken in combination with another depressant, it can be very dangerous, as its effects become more extreme. Cocaine is a stimulant that increases your metabolism, which when mixed with alcohol, causes the alcohol make its way to the brain more rapidly, such as when drinking alcohol quickly. The combination results in the forming of cocaethylene within the liver, which can cause heart problems, and even lead to death. Combining alcohol and cocaine can sometimes lessen the effects of either drugs, so it can increase the likelihood of an overdose. This cocktail at other times can increase the effects of each drug.
Whether it’s marijuana, cocaine, or heroin, mixing these drugs with alcohol can have unpredictable results each time. A 2005 Drug Abuse Warning Network report claims that of all the emergency room visits due to drug use, about one-third of them included drinking or mixing alcohol with other drugs. A combination of heroin and alcohol–both depressants, may lead to breathing problems, and alcohol can affect one’s judgment, which could lead them to increasing their heroin dose, increasing the possibility of an overdose. With regards to alcohol and marijuana, one may suffer alcohol poisoning because marijuana can reduce feelings of nausea, which would avoid someone from throwing up if their body so required. Users that mix these two drugs may feel dizzy, paranoid, and have difficulty concentrating. Mixing prescription medication with alcohol can be just as deadly, or lead to severe side effects. Learn the potential consequences prior to having a drink with any types of drugs, be them prescription or street drugs.
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