Mixing alcohol with drugs increases the risk of dangerous side effects. The impact of taking illegal drugs is always unpredictable and if mixed with alcohol effects can range from nausea to death.
Know about… mixing alcohol and amphetamines
Taking amphetamines speeds up heart rate, breathing and blood pressure. A combination of alcohol and amphetamines will put pressure on your heart and could cause death. Amphetamines can also raise your body temperature and cause dehydration. Dehydration will worsen if alcohol is added to the mix. Amphetamines can make you feel like you have more energy and confidence but can also when combined with alcohol, make you aggressive and paranoid.
Know about… mixing alcohol and cannabis
Using alcohol and cannabis together can lead to the cannabis having a much stronger effect than it would normally have. Side effects can be physical and psychological. When using both alcohol and cannabis together you may experience, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, paranoia or panic.
Know about… mixing alcohol and cocaine
People often take cocaine when they are drinking because they think it helps them keep going or sober up. In fact it is dangerous to mix cocaine and alcohol. When both cocaine and alcohol enter into the bloodstream they form a toxic substance known as cocaethylene, which is more toxic than either drug alone. It has been linked with damage to the liver and can cause fatal heart damage. Mixing cocaine and alcohol can lead to aggressive and violent behaviour.
Know about… mixing alcohol and ecstasy (MDMA)
Both alcohol and ecstasy will dehydrate you and taking a combination of both means you will be at risk of overheating and becoming dangerously dehydrated. The combination of alcohol and ecstasy puts pressure on the liver and kidneys.
Know about… mixing alcohol and heroin
Heroin slows down your heart rate and breathing. The likelihood of overdose increases when alcohol and heroin are taken together.
Know about alcohol… and legal highs
Because so called ‘legal highs’ are relatively new there is little known about them. Negative side effects can include nose bleeds, heart palpitations and, limbs turning blue or changes to behaviour and personality. Some of the drugs are stimulants and carry similar risks associated with cocaine and ecstasy including seizures and fits.