Can Adderall ? and Alcohol Be a Deadly Combo For You?

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“I am very serious about no alcohol, no drugs. Life is too beautiful.”

                                                                                               -Jim Carrey

Is mixing Adderall and Alcohol to party longer safe for you? Have you ever done this?

According to a report confirmed by SATPP, the non-medical use of ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) drugs like Adderall is on the rise.

It has been found that more than 7.1% of adults aged 18-49 have abused medications intended for the ADHD treatment.

More than 50% of the people who abused ADHD medications also drink liquor while taking these stimulants.

mixing adderall and alcohol
College students take adderall to boost their academic performance

Mostly, college students are the one who uses Adderall to improve their academic performance. Some working professionals also take these drugs to reduce their need to sleep.

According to the NCBI, most of the college students who abuse Adderall are also binge alcohol drinkers.

People have been taking Adderall for lots of other reasons like increasing muscle strength, wakefulness, improving cognitive control, etc.

But, then mixing Adderall and alcohol, is it really worth the effort?

Before you think of trying this combination, I would advise you to kindly read this article and then choose wisely.

What is Adderall?

Well, talking about Adderall(1), it is a combination drug which is used to control impulses and hyperactivity.

What Is Adderall
Adderall is used to treat ADHD patients

The drug is known to be taken by people who suffer from narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).(2)

It’s a stimulant medication. It has been approved by FDA to treat children and adults suffering from ADHD and narcolepsy.

This medication helps to improve focus and concentration of ADHD patients. But, it has been abused by people to improve their academic and athletic performance. (3)

You Should Know:

It’s also called “The Study Drug” and comes under schedule II drugs.(4) It means that Adderall is a controlled substance with a high potential for abuse and addiction.

Should You Even be Using Adderall?

You must be wondering why I’m talking about this, right?

Well, the thing is that your safety matters the most, and I need you to know that there are risks associated with using Adderall.

So let’s talk about them first.

If you fit into any of the categories mentioned below, then you should not even be thinking about Adderall, let alone using it.

Categories Include:

  • Overactive thyroid
  • Glaucoma
  • Moderate to severe high blood pressure
  • Severe agitation
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Coronary artery disease or heart disease
  • A history of drug use
  • Use of MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days
You Should Know:

If you use Adderall improperly, it can cause some serious side effects on the heart (or even death).

What Happens When You Mix Adderall and Alcohol?

People mix alcohol and Adderall so that they can drink more liquor. They think that it’ll delay the sleepy, drunk-like feeling caused because of drinking alcohol.

Some take Adderall with alcohol to achieve desired psychoactive effects. But, they don’t know that mixing these two compounds can have dangerous outcomes.

Alcohol is a depressant and Adderall is a long-acting amphetamine stimulant. When you take them together, the stimulant will effectively block the depressant effects of liquor.

As a result, you’ll overlook the warning signs that you’ve had enough liquor. Drinking too much alcohol at once can have some serious side-effects.

Alcohol can decrease your seizure threshold (5) and interact with Adderall. This can result in seizures. Moreover, it can also aggravate many of the side effects of Adderall.

What are the Side Effects of Drinking Alcohol on Adderall?

Taking Adderall and Alcohol together has many side effects on the body, including:

Alcohol Poisoning

Because Adderall neutralizes the sedative effects of alcohol, you can consume more than your limit. This can lead to drinking too much alcohol and you can have alcohol poisoning.(6)

Risk of Heart Problems

Adderall is also known to have some risk of heart problems. (7) This is particularly true when people don’t use them at prescribed levels. The risk of heart problems increases when taken together with alcohol.

Heart problems because of drinking on adderall
Drinking alcohol on adderall can lead to heart problems

Mixing stimulants and alcohol may:

  • Cause irregular heartbeat
  • Raise your body temperature
  • Increase your blood pressure

Behavioral Issues

Aggressive behavior and reduced inhibitions often go hand in hand with binge drinking. When you mix it with Adderall, the results are multiplied.

Some other side-effects include:

  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Brain Damage
  • Confusion
  • Seizures

Withdrawal Symptoms of Adderall and Alcohol include:

  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Disorientation
  • Apathy
  • Suicidal Thoughts

Is it Safe to Drink Liquor on Adderall?

The answer to this question is a BIG NO. Mixing Adderall and alcohol have some serious repercussions as discussed above. If taken separately, they don’t have serious side-effects.

Adderall is used to treat ADHD and alcohol has some health benefits if taken in moderation. You should never mix them.

“I would recommend drinking not more than 1 serving of alcohol,” says Dr. Denise Leung, MD, who is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Medical Center of the University of Columbia in New York.

Closing Words

Adderall has become an accessible and a popular drug among the students. They are using this drug without even thinking about the deleterious effects. It should be understood that playing with drugs and doing the mix and match with these substances can put you in some grave situations.

So, what’s the bottom line?

Mixing alcohol with any of the drugs without consulting the medical professional can prove dangerous.

If you have suffered from some serious complications due to these two, you can share that with other readers in the comments. Share this article with your friends if you find it useful.

Watch the below video to see how a mother lost his son due to the deadly mixture of stimulants and alcohol.

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