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Medications & Alcohol Don't Mix

Don’t Risk It 

Using alcohol at low-risk levels decreases your chances of experiencing alcohol-related health issues.  However, low-risk use of alcohol does not eliminate all risk.  When combined with medications, alcohol use can be dangerous and lead to serious health problems. In some cases, alcohol use may decrease the effectiveness of medications. In other cases, alcohol use may make medications harmful or even toxic to the body.

Health problems related to mixing alcohol with medications include:

  • irregular heartbeats
  • changes in blood pressure
  • internal bleeding
  • trouble breathing
  • strokes
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • loss of coordination
  • fainting
  • accidents


Mixing alcohol and medications may also increase the risk of complications in individuals with liver damage and heart problems.