Partygoers might use drugs such as ecstasy, MDMA – a stimulant and hallucinogenic that can alter your perceptions. Coming down from feeling energized and carefree – you can feel irritable and tired. Alcohol intensifies the effects of ecstasy MDMA. Sometimes ecstasy can increase body temperature and lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heart failure. Alcohol is a diuretic – and can make dehydration worse, both ecstasy MDMA, and alcohol act as depressants of serotonin. We need serotonin to maintain an optimistic mood – using ecstasy and alcohol can lead to deep depression, and “serotonin syndrome” with confusion, agitation, and headaches – muscle spasms, perhaps a coma, and death. This is why if you are Struggling With Addiction don’t mix drugs and alcohol – it can be a lethal mix.
If you use speed or amphetamines and alcohol you increase the risk of “speed psychosis” and symptoms that are like paranoid schizophrenia. Long term alcohol abuse and speed both lead to physical deterioration in the body weight loss, dental problems, heart conditions – increased risk of strokes and lack of emotional control. Dehydration can lead to headaches, jaw clenching, vomiting, diarrhea, and sleep disruption common to both speed and alcohol use – using both substances together intensifies the effects.
Using the street drug GBH which is a stimulating, euphoric relaxant, mixed with alcohol that is a depressant can lead to unconsciousness, convulsions, respiratory failure, and death. GBH is often mixed with alcohol. It causes rapid effects of intoxication. GBH can be used with alcohol as a date rape drug. Perceptions and memory are disturbed when taking alcohol and GBH together. Using alcohol and GBH puts you very much at risk of grievous bodily harm
Cannabis and alcohol are often used in combination – THC in cannabis affects the mind to bring about feelings of lethargy and lack of drive with long term habitual use. Effects of alcohol can be similar – feelings of relaxation can be intensified to the point where a person is unable to comprehend what is going on around them, cannot concentrate and motor coordination is impaired. Both alcohol and cannabis use can lead to a dry mouth, bloodshot eyes, and inability to function.
Alcohol and cocaine use increase the feel good dopamine levels in the brain – a person might feel overconfident, restless, and talkative – sometimes this intensifies towards paranoia, hallucinations, muscle spasms, and sickness. Withdrawal using cocaine and alcohol can bring on major depression and complete inertia – people can sometimes feel suicidal. Cocaine and alcohol together create a new chemical called cocaethylene which is more toxic than either cocaine or alcohol alone. Sleep disruption can last for hours, there is sexual dysfunction, and the risk of strokes, convulsions, and kidney failure is high. Using drugs and alcohol makes you very much out of control at both a physical and emotional level.
It is particularly risky to use alcohol in combination with depressant drugs such as barbiturates. Alcohol is a depressant and together with a depressant drug – the risk of a fatality is high. People can become confused and uncertain as to the number of drugs they have taken, and take a higher dose than intended under the effects of alcohol. The use of alcohol and depressant drugs is often a cause of accidental overdose.
If you have got into the habit of using both addictive drugs and alcohol – it is time to make a change. It is never too late or too hopeless for you to use holistic drug therapies to get out and start a new life.