Drug Alcohol Rehabilitation: Choosing to Mix Drugs With Alcohol

Drugs and alcohol as substances by themselves can be quite harmful to the human body and brain. Although, when mixed together there becomes an even greater risk for physical or mental harm. Most individuals don’t think of the dangers that can result from mixing alcohol and drugs on even one occurrence. So what exactly are the dangers of choosing to mix drugs with alcohol?

There are many warning labels on over-the-counter drugs that warn against mixing them with alcohol. This mainly relates to pain medications, but in addition to acid reducers, allergy medications, antidepressants, diabetes medications and much more.

Some of which explain that one may become drowsy, or have an increase in heart rate of mixing that particular medication with alcohol. Some warnings also explain that one may become nauseous or lose loss of coordination when operating heavy machinery.

The fact is, there are so many side effects to mixing alcohol with drugs, it is unbelievable. Each individual’s reaction may be different, although the general affects apply to almost everyone. When mixing a true prescription drug or an over-the-counter drug with alcohol, one can even dilute the effects of the original drug being used to cure or ease an illness or pain.

Many medications do not even need to be prescribed, including that of herbal remedies and natural homeopathy pills and/or oils. Unfortunately, mixing these with alcohol also can result in some harmful effects to the body. Here is the most common list of general symptoms that come about when mixing herbal, prescription and/or over-the-counter medications with alcohol:

* Increase in heart rate and/or heart palpitations * Change in blood pressure * Drowsiness and/or fatigue * Loss of coordination * Dizziness * Liver damage and/or ulcerations * Risk of seizures, coma and/or death

Did you know that most all medicines have a certain level of alcohol within them already? Some meds can even contain up to ten percent alcohol. Cough syrups alone have some of the highest concentrations of alcohol in all medications available over-the-counter. If you choose to mix these medicines with alcohol you are putting yourself at risk for dangerous consequences. Speak to your local physician or health care provider to get complete information on mixing alcohol with drugs, and the dangerous side effects that may occur.

If you or someone you know is currently suffering from an alcohol or drug addiction, contact a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in your area. Wherein just one call could save your life or the life of another.

Robert Shryoc is the Director of Development at the Stonegate Center, a Texas treatment center. The Texas drug rehab community serves people entangled in the physical, mental, social and spiritual bonds of chemical dependency. For more information about the residential treatment facility please visit http://www.stonegatecenter.com.

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