Mixing medications of any type is dangerous without the guidance or oversight of a medical professional. Many people are not aware of the risks that arise from mixing medications with other substances. One common example of this is mixing adderall with alcohol.
The combination of adderall and alcohol is dangerous and can cause severe physical problems. A 2013 study found that nearly 19% of surveyed college students in the United States who take adderall have taken the drug with alcohol. (1)
Here, we breakdown the effects of mixing adderall and alcohol.
Mixing adderall and alcohol
When people consume multiple addictive substances for non-medical purposes, it is referred to as polysubstance abuse. Adderall abuse occurs along all age groups, but the most frequent abusers of the drug are young adults between the ages of 15 and 30. (2) Many young adults believe the effects of adderall will allow them to party longer and study for exams.
Adderall is a prescription central nervous system stimulant medication. It is used to manage the symptoms of ADHD, or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder in both adults and children. Adderall contains chemical salts that improve both alertness and focus. On the contrary, alcohol is a depressant when consumed in large quantities.
Adderall has the ability to delay the effects of larger alcohol doses or binge drinking. This often leads to the user drinking more alcohol in an attempt to feel its effects. This can often lead to alcohol poisoning. Judgement and thinking processes are also exacerbated when a person consumes with alcohol and Adderall.
Although both Adderall and alcohol have complete opposite effects on the body, the same liver enzymes must be used to break down the substances. (2) Combining alcohol and adderall can increase the risks of liver failure and the risk of alcohol poisoning.
Effects of Mixing Adderall and Alcohol
Besides alcohol poisoning and liver failure, the combination of adderall and alcohol places significant strain on the heart. While adderall stimulant properties aim to speed up heart rates, alcohol attempts to slow it down, which can lead to significant stress on the heart. (3)
Mixing alcohol with any prescription drug is dangerous. The combination of adderall and alcohol’s depressive effects can lead to the following effects:
- Heart palpitations
- Heart attack or heart failure
- Increased body temperature
- Stumbling and poor coordination
- Reduced reaction times
- Stroke (1)
These symptoms can occur suddenly, which makes it difficult for the user to get access to an emergency room or hospital.
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