What Are the Effects of Mixing Methamphetamine and Alcohol?

Blood Poisoning Effect When Mixed

What Is Alcohol Poisoning?

alcohol_poisoningAlcohol poisoning results from excessive intake of alcohol. Those suffering from alcohol abuse are prone to poisoning episodes, as large quantities of alcohol can impair many essential bodily functions. A normal human liver can detoxify only a single ounce of pure alcohol every 90 minutes...

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It is never a good idea to mix alcohol with any other drug or medication. Controlled substances, in particular, can be exponentially lethal when used alongside alcohol. The effects of mixing methamphetamine and alcohol, for example, can result in a risk of death that is substantially higher than when either substance is used alone. Methamphetamine abuse is dangerous enough, but the effect the drug has on alcohol drinkers increases the likelihood that the alcohol use will result in blood poisoning.

Increased Blood Pressure When Combined

Methamphetamine, like cocaine, is a central nervous system stimulant, which increases blood pressure and heart rate by changing brain chemistry. Abuse of the drug creates a euphoric high that results from the increased production of dopamine in the brain. The drug exists as an odorless, white, crystalline powder that can be dissolved in a liquid and taken orally. It can also be snorted, injected, or smoked.

The drug is highly addictive when abused and has the same side effects associated with similar stimulants. When taken in high doses, methamphetamine can cause heart and respiratory failure, increased blood pressure, constricted blood vessels, restlessness, and anxiety. Although dangerous, methamphetamine abuse does not have a particularly high fatality rate. When mixed with alcohol, however, the fatality rate increases dramatically."...methamphetamine can cause heart and respiratory failure, increased blood pressure, constricted blood vessels, restlessness, and anxiety. "

Alcohol Most Dangerous Component

You may think the lethal culprit in a methamphetamine-alcohol cocktail is the controlled substance, but, actually, the alcohol is the most dangerous component. When methamphetamine is used with alcohol, it masks the effects of being drunk. People who are addicted to methamphetamine and alcohol have reported that when they use methamphetamine, they never pass out drunk, no matter how much they drink.

Alcohol or Drug Overdose

"The person’s sense of when to stop abusing the substances is skewed, which can result in alcohol or drug overdose."Alcohol is a depressant, and it actually lessens the high experienced from the methamphetamine. What results is a person who continues to drink without becoming drunk and getting high, even though the actual physical effects of the drug on heart rate and respiration remain the same. The person's sense of when to stop abusing the substances is skewed, which can result in alcohol or drug overdose.

The other important consideration about the effects of mixing methamphetamine and alcohol is the different way alcohol interacts with each individual. It is impossible to know what the exact results will be of adding alcohol to methamphetamine use for a specific individual. The way alcohol works on a body is determined by a multitude of variables, including weight, height, mood, body chemistry, psychological history, and any other illnesses the person may have. What is clear is that the inclusion of a stimulant will increase a person's metabolism, causing the alcohol to reach the person's brain much faster. This speed, however, is hard to estimate on an individual basis.

Mixing Alcohol and Drugs

alcohol-addiction-medicationAlcohol is a depressant. It slows down your nervous system and can impair your ability to function, cause a lack of coordination, and lead to addiction. Mixing alcohol and drugs can be dangerous, if not fatal, regardless of whether the drugs are recreational, prescription, or over-the-counter. Alcohol should never be mixed with any type of medication without consulting a doctor.

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Other concerns about mixing methamphetamine and alcohol are more psychological. Methamphetamine is known to affect judgment and decrease sexual inhibitions, for example. When a user combines the drug with alcohol, the risk of engaging in dangerous sexual behavior increases. This can result in ancillary health issues, including the transmission of sexual diseases. In other instances, the fact that abusers of both substances may not feel as drunk or as high as they normally do can affect decisions about whether to drive or engage in any other activity that can have negative consequences for unrelated parties.

Treatment Options for Methamphetamine Addiction

Treatment for addiction to methamphetamine and alcohol will likely require medical intervention. Withdrawal from methamphetamine can cause psychotic episodes for months after the physical withdrawal symptoms have subsided. The complex interaction of the two addictions can also result in withdrawal symptoms that are life-threatening. You may need the help of medical professionals who specialize in dealing with the effects of mixing methamphetamine and alcohol. If you need more information about treatment options, consider calling 800-861-9454 or filling out a quick contact form so you can find the help you need for yourself or a loved one.

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