Mixing Alcohol with Cocaine

Having multiple drug abuse problems or addictions is, unfortunately, all-too-common. Two substances frequently abused alongside one another are alcohol and coke. Mixing alcohol with cocaine can prove incredibly dangerous, and fatal in many cases.

The following are some important things to know about mixing alcohol with cocaine.

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Mixing alcohol and coke is common because people often want to amplify their feelings of intoxication, and they may believe that mixing the two will intensify the cocaine high they experience. There’s also some belief that combining alcohol and coke can help alleviate the negative side effects of coming down from the cocaine.

Unfortunately, the risks of mixing alcohol with cocaine are incredibly dangerous and deadly.

The risk of dying when you combine alcohol and coke are 20 times higher than it if you just use cocaine alone. When you use alcohol and coke, there is no way to know how you’ll be affected by this combination of substances. Also, when you’re mixing alcohol with cocaine, it can make you feel less intoxicated than you really are, which can increase the chances of alcohol poisoning or cocaine overdose.

There’s another reason it’s not uncommon to people to mix alcohol and coke: Many people who frequently use alcohol or coke will develop a tolerance for either one or both of the substances, and they will want to move onto something that will give them a more intense high. Research has shown that more than half of people who are dependent on cocaine are also dependent on alcohol, and there is a very significant link between these two substances.

When you combine alcohol and coke, it can lead your body to produce a compound called cocaethylene. This is a substance created when there is a combination of alcohol and coke in the body. Cocaethylene is one of the reasons pairing alcohol and coke can lead to alcohol poisoning and death.

Cocaethylene is toxic to the liver, and it’s often a contributing factor when heart attacks occur in young people. The production of this substance is what leads to the risk of a spontaneous heart attack when you combine alcohol and cocaine.

Not only can cocaethylene be produced when you use alcohol and coke only once together, but it also has the potential to build up in the body over time.

Cocaethylene can stay in the body for much longer than cocaine. Risks of cocaethylene buildup include liver damage, immune system damage and seizures.

Cocaine is a stimulant, so it has a very different effect on the body than alcohol. When you take cocaine, you feel a euphoric high and a rush of energy. You may also feel impulsive, or exhibit erratic behavior. Alcohol, on the other hand, is a depressant, which has an opposite effect on the body and mind.

Some of the side effects of mixing alcohol and cocaine include:

  • Chest pain and heart palpitations
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Stroke
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mood changes
  • Malnutrition

Mixing alcohol and coke can also increase the likelihood that you will behave erratically, which may lead you to act violently or put yourself or others in dangerous situations.

So, should you ever think about mixing alcohol with cocaine?

The answer is absolutely not. When you mix alcohol and coke, it can increase your level of intoxication, causing you to engage in risky or erratic behaviors. Alcohol and coke combined can also lead to a number of serious health complications including liver damage, heart attack, seizures and sudden death. Alcohol is a depressant while cocaine is a stimulant. The effects of combining the two can be extremely detrimental or deadly.

If you’re abusing alcohol and coke, or you’re addicted to both substances, it’s important that you seek the right kind of treatment. The consequences of continuing to mix alcohol and coke can be extremely damaging to your physical and mental health. The kind of treatment that’s best suited to alcohol and cocaine addiction is one that can treat polysubstance abuse problems. Dual diagnosis care may also be beneficial. This means that you receive treatment for both your alcohol and coke use and any underlying mental disorders related to your addictions.

If you feel you have a problem with alcohol and coke, it’s important to seek addiction treatment for both substances. For a severe alcohol and coke abuse problem, an inpatient treatment program is probably best. The Recovery Village can address both of these substance use disorders using evidence-based care and healing therapeutic methods. Call today for more information.

Mixing Alcohol with Cocaine
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