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Effects of Mixing Meth and Alcohol

Effects of Mixing Meth and Alcohol

Many people experiment with different combinations of drugs and alcohol to feel different symptoms.

While they’re focused on having a good time, they’re putting their health and lives at risk. When individually used, crystal meth and alcohol are dangerous. They can each cause severe symptoms and result in horrible health conditions over a long period of abuse. However, the effects of mixing meth and alcohol are much worse. As a drug and alcohol rehab in Massachusetts, we know that mixing drugs and alcohol is common in the club and party scenes. As more and more people become engaged in this kind of substance abuse, the need for addiction treatment becomes more apparent.

What is Meth?

Methamphetamine, more commonly known as meth, is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant that is used to treat certain conditions with a prescription. However, different versions of this drug are often made and distributed illegally. Because it comes in a rock or powder form, it’s also called crystal meth. This drug is taken for the intense feelings of euphoria it produces after the initial dose. After this feeling has subdued, then the user may feel a quiet pleasure for the following 4 to 16 hours. In addition to the dangers specific to methamphetamine use, meth dealers often use other substances to cut their products and sell less for more profit. These additional substances can significantly alter the effects of methamphetamine.   

At Banyan Treatment Centers Massachusetts, we offer a meth addiction program that is geared towards individuals with this disease and helping them achieve their recovery goals. We offer safe and effective meth addiction care at a clean and judgment-free facility.

What Happens When You Mix Meth and Alcohol?

While many people can drink without developing a dependency, others engage in binge drinking and mixing drugs like crystal meth with alcohol. Even after a short while of ingesting this mix, the results can be deadly. The effects of mixing meth and alcohol include:
  • Breathing problems
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Seizures
  • Hypothermia 
  • Blackouts
  • Coma
  • Inability to sleep 
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations or delusions
  • Brain damage
  • Heart problems
  • Liver damage
People may use alcohol to intensify the effects of methamphetamine. But once the desirable effects of this combination subside, the individual will continue to crave these substances more frequently. This growing tolerance may easily contribute to a substance abuse disorder and even overdose. Alongside drug abuse treatment, an alcohol addiction program can also help people with this disease recover.

Additional Dangers of Mixing Meth and Alcohol 

Aside from the direct physical effects that a meth and alcohol mix can cause, there are also additional dangers to be aware of, including: 
  • Increase in risky sexual behavior
  • Increased risk of contracting diseases like HIV, AIDS, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C
  • Poor decision making 
  • Increased risk of being in an accident or experiencing an injury
  • Increased risk of birth defects (for women who are pregnant)
  • Increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior
At Banyan Massachusetts, we know that drug and alcohol abuse can individually threaten someone’s well-being. The effects of mixing meth and alcohol emphasizes the harm experimenting with substance abuse can cause. 

If you or a loved one is battling with a drug or alcohol dependency, call our rehab center today at
888-280-4763 to turn your life around.

Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.