Negative Effects Of Mixing Medication With Alcohol
Alcohol is not a necessary beverage. Humans need water to survive, not any liquid. When reaching for a drink to take a medication it is best not to reach for alcohol. Many cases of substance use disorders fall under polysubstance abuse in which drugs and alcohol are abused. Combining common medications with alcohol can have dangerous effects.
Alcohol With Antidepressants
Alcohol itself as a substance is a depressant. Logically, mixing a depressant with an antidepressant is going to create a depressant response. Alcoholism and depression is a pair which makes up a large percentage of co-occurring disorder diagnoses. Depressant substances work by slowing down the activity of the central nervous system. The central nervous system is responsible for communicating the majority of activities between the brain and the body. Consuming alcohol with an antidepressant slows down important activities of both the brain and the body, which can lead to a decreased amount of time for impairment. Drinking on mood stabilizers and SSRI’s can lead to faster blackouts, unconsciousness, and poor judgment.
Alcohol With Cholesterol Medications
Also called statins, medications meant for lowering or controlling cholesterol are not to be used with heavy drinking. Coincidentally, high cholesterol and heavy drinking go hand in hand. Both statin medications and heavy drinking can have a negative effect on the liver.
Alcohol With Heart Medications
Alcohol negatively interferes with heart medications such as blood pressure medications putting patients at risk for heart attack. Combining alcohol with blood pressure medications can increase blood pressure. Conversely, other types of heart medications when used with alcohol can cause a problematic drop in blood pressure. Low blood pressure can lead to fainting. While under the influence of alcohol, low blood pressure combined with impaired judgment and motor function could cause a severe injury or accident.
Alcohol With Diabetes Medications
Alcohol is primarily sugar. Sugar is an important part of the alcohol-making process. Aside from the sugar content in alcohol itself, alcoholic beverages like cocktails are often made by combining alcohol with sugary syrups, sodas, juices, or other kinds of drinks. After consuming alcohol, blood sugar can drop, causing problems for diabetics.
Alcohol With Painkillers
Painkillers of any kind, from ibuprofen to acetaminophen to opioids do not mix well with alcohol. Especially for opioids, combing painkillers with alcohol, particularly at abusive levels, can cause accidental overdose, injury, accident, and death.
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