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Mixing Alcohol and Amphetamines

The mixture of alcohol and amphetamines poses many hidden dangers and health risks. Amphetamines are psycho-stimulants that drastically increase central nervous system activity and cause the user to feel anxious, restless, and wound up. When mixed with alcohol, which is a depressant, the immediate effects are slow and diminished, which can and often does lead to accidental overdose, poor and deadly choices, and severe physical illness. In many respects, what a person doesn’t immediately experience when mixing alcohol and amphetamines is just as dangerous as what they do. Unfortunate tragedies such as coma or death can occur with little to no warning due to the delayed and diminished effects of each substance when combined.

Health Risks of Mixing Alcohol with Amphetamines

Those who double-dip between drinking and these stimulants often experience a battery of physical and emotional symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • Irregular heart rhythms
  • Intestinal problems such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Extreme paranoia and psychosis
  • Spasms
  • Migraine
  • Delayed motor skills
  • Kidney disease

Combining Alcohol and Adderall

The simultaneous use of alcohol and Adderall, which is one of the most recognized members of the amphetamine family and a popular type of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) treatment, is one of the most common behaviors within this form of substance abuse. Adderall is a powerful stimulant also used in the treatment of depression. Combined alcohol and Adderall abuse can lead to sudden overdose. A person can take as little as one Adderall pill while drinking and wind up hospitalized for severe intestinal distress or other more serious complications.

It’s common for those who simultaneously abuse alcohol and Adderall (or other amphetamines) to experience a diminished depressive effect that often comes with drinking. This often leads to continued abuse in heightened doses. Continued combined abuse of alcohol and amphetamines also leads to hallucinations, extreme anxiety, and numerous other psychological symptoms. It severely compromises the central nervous system and can cause paranoid delusional psychosis, which very often leads to the user hurting themselves or others.

Expert Treatment for Combined Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse

Our proven approach to simultaneous addiction treatment has enabled us to help numerous clients suffering from amphetamine and alcohol addiction. If you or your loved have fallen into this dangerous web of dependency, we can help.

The combination of alcohol and amphetamines is dangerous because they have opposite characteristics — one is a stimulant and the other is a sedative. As a result, a person may not be able to recognize how drunk or high they have become.

Alcohol consumption has a depressive effect – individuals mixing alcohol and amphetamines may experience reduced symptoms from both, causing them to continue to abuse. The combination can lead to an irregular heartbeat, spasms, headaches, kidney disease and much more. Work with the addiction therapists at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches to get help.

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infographic: Mixing Alcohol and Amphetamines

infographic warning of the danger of mixing alcohol & amphetamines together
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Sources: 
  • University of Southern California and UCLA study
  • Healthline.com