A Dangerous Combination: Combining Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol and drugs have their own dangers and side effects but mixing two or more drugs (prescription, over-the-counter or recreational) can come with an increased risk and even cause overdose or death. Chronically mixing drugs/alcohol can cause many problems including physical and mental health problems, relationship issues, lack of finances, and decreased job/school performance. Abusing multiple substances (polysubstance abuse) can cause two or more addictions and can be more difficult to treat then a single addiction.

Alcohol is commonly mixed with cocaine, marijuana and heroin. Combining drugs can increase your risk of adverse or negative effects including overdose and death. Here are some of the typical side effects seen:

Alcohol with Cocaine Use:

  • Heart palpitations, arrhytmias
  • Chest pain
  • Stroke or seizure
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Anger or aggressive behavior
  • Impaired judgment

Alcohol with Marijuana Use

  • Anxiety
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory problems
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lethargy
  • Stupor
  • Coma

Alcohol with Heroin Use

  • Mood swings
  • Confusion
  • Attention difficulties
  • Memory impairment
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Coordination Issues
  • Heart rate problems
  • Slowed movement

One of the most common drug mixed with alcohol is prescription painkillers, sedatives, anti-depressents and anti-psychotics. A lot of drug interactions happen accidently. If you are taking prescription medication, this can potentially have harmful side effects when mixed with alcohol. The symptoms are similar to those from heroin and alcohol abuse as opiods have many of the same qualities.

Mixing drugs is serious. If you are addicted, the risk of physical, mental and emotional health issues is increased with mixing drugs. If you are interested in learning about your options for treatment and recovery please call 253-471-0890 or find the closest location to you  here.

Sources:

https://www.projectknow.com/research/mixing-drugs/https://drugabuse.com/library/concurrent-drug-and-alcohol-abuse/

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