Mixing Adderall and Alcohol More Popular, Still Dangerous

Mixing Adderall and Alcohol More Popular, Still Dangerous

In case you haven’t heard yet, Adderall and alcohol don’t mix. We realize that alcohol is a depressant and Adderall is a stimulant, so it might seem like mixing the two will cancel one another out. Unfortunately, the results can be much more dangerous. Taking the two together can actually cause a wide range of health problems.

Adderall, often prescribed for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), can hinder an individual’s ability to determine if they are too tired or too intoxicated. As a result, they drink more because they are unable to rely on the internal cues we all have to tell us when we’ve reached our limit. This can lead to alcohol poisoning.

The problem is, many of the people taking these drugs are teens or young 20somethings. Compounding the issue is the fact that it’s become popular among college students to intentionally combine these drugs to attempt to party longer.

If you need proof of the growing scope of this problem, just stop over at the website ADHD Central. One of the most commented on questions on the site came from a mom who wanted to know what effects there would be for her son if he drank alcohol while taking Adderall.

In addition to the risk of excessive alcohol consumption, due to the stimulants blocking the depressant effect of alcohol and shutting off the warning signs to a person’s body that they may be drinking too much, mixing these two can lead to vomiting, depression, anxiety, paranoia and even hospitalization.

One medical journal told the story of a young man with no family history of cardiac issues who wound up in the emergency room with chest pains after taking 30 mg of Adderall combined with some whiskey. This healthy college freshman was experiencing a heart attack. The study concluded, “…physicians need to be aware that Adderall is contraindicated in patients with known structural heart abnormality, arrhythmia or hypertension. Inappropriate dosing or taking with alcohol increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects like myocardial infarction, even without underlying cardiovascular risk factors.”

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By Wendy Lee Nentwig
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