Taking Medication with Alcohol, yay or nay?

Taking Medication with Alcohol, yay or nay?

Etim was a regular at Caro’s bar. It was his sanctuary, his place to de-stress after a long day as a factory worker.

“Na people wey get strong head fit drink painkiller with beer. One time! The headache go disappear!” an intoxicated Etim ranted to the hearing of no one. The bar was virtually empty that particular night.

“No be today I don dey drink am, e don teyyyyyy” he continued. “In short, as I dey reach house now now, I go take am as the headache don start to dey catch me so” he slurred a bit more this time, hitting the table to drive home his point.

Satisfied with his monologue, he staggered out of Caro’s establishment homebound.

Finally, home. He took off his stained factory overalls and planted himself on the lone sofa in his living room, which doubled as his bed.

He was exhausted.

Sprawled on the couch, he spotted a half bottle of beer from that morning, resting on the make shift dining table that took up half the space in his already tiny one bedroom apartment.

He got up and took the painkillers out of the pocket of his overalls, which was on the floor and downed the contents of the brown beer bottle.

He was found unconscious the following morning.

So what happened?

Alcohol and drugs do not mix, it’s that simple.

Taking drugs with anything other than water IS drug abuse!

Use only water to take your drugs because it can dissolve most compounds without necessarily altering their make-up.

Alcohol can make a person intoxicated, sleepy or lightheaded. Combining prescription pills with alcohol, will leave the individual’s brain overwhelmed with conflicting signals from the drink and the pills.

Besides limiting the effectiveness of prescription pills, alcohol can amplify the toxicity or side effects of drugs. A mixture of alcohol and prescription drugs have been known to lead to the following side effects:

  • Lethargy
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Mood swings
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Loss of coordination (may lead to accidents)
  • Abnormal behavioral patterns

Combining alcohol with medication can increase the risk of the following health complications:

  • Liver damage
  • Heart problem
  • Internal bleeding
  • Impaired breathing
  • Depression

When illicit drugs are mixed with alcohol, something known as the “agonistic effect” may occur.

Drug abuse is more pervasive than we know, so let’s educate ourselves and do the right thing!

Want to join our fight against the surge of drug abuse? Awesome! Please visit our volunteer and influencer pages to get started!