Mixing Alcohol and Drugs A Dangerous Combination

by Erika Brooks on August 20, 2012 at 6:44 am

Mixing drugs with alcohol is becoming more common among those who abuse.

A new report shows that 37 percent of substance abuse treatment admissions involve both alcohol and drug abuse. Using both substances can be a deadly combination.

"Basically what you get is when you have a person who’s on either amphetamine medication or cocaine, crack, who’s drinking you end up with a wide-awake drunk," said  Muskingum Behavioral Health Executive Director Steve Carrel.

Another growing concern is the mix of alcohol and energy drinks among young people. The combination can lead to accidental alcohol overdose because the alcohol is affecting the body but the drinker doesn’t realize it, causing them to drink more.

"The energy drink masks the intoxication so that the person doesn’t feel very intoxicated because they still have their energy and they’re up moving around but alcohol is still sedating body functions," said Carrel.

Carrel says the best way to combat drug abuse is through education. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact Muskingum Behavioral Health (740) 454-1266