Alcohol And Drug Interaction

If you like a drink of alcohol, and you take medication it would be a wise move to make yourself aware of which medicine’s interact with alcohol.

Whether you are a beer, wine or spirit drinker unfortunately alcohol interacts with a wide range of drugs and it doesn’t stop at spirits. Liqueurs, ciders and the fruit juice based drinks known as alcopops also need to be avoided.

How Alcohol Affects Medicines

Alcohol works as a depressant on the central nervous system. It helps to relax the shyest individual putting social anxiety on the back burner so to speak. In moderate amounts it helps to put us at ease in situations that first appear alien.

However, While some medicines may cause you to be rather drowsy when mixed with alcohol there is some that could put you on a stretcher to be transported to the nearest hospital.

If you take medication and still drink do you know mixing some drugs with alcohol can be extremely dangerous. This is because some drugs do not mix well with alcohol and can interact badly.

When push comes to shove to-be sure you stay safe, avoid alcohol while receiving treatment. The golden rule of thumb would be to read the Patient Information leaflet (supplied with your medicine) which would clearly state if the manufacture advises against drinking alcohol while receiving treatment.

My own personal thinking would be to play safe and avoid drinking alcohol (I would play it safe. My own philosophy is He who abstains lives to drink another day).

I have put together a table below that covers the more widely used drugs, and how they interact when you add alcohol to the equation. This also includes liqueurs, ciders and the fruit juice based drinks known as alco-pops. Surprisingly these particular drinks contain as much alcohol (approx. 5%) as beer or cider.

Medication and alcohol

Table showing how Alcohol reacts with medication

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