What Happens When You Mix Ecstasy and Alcohol?

Merriam-Webster defines ecstasy as “a state of being beyond reason and self-control, a state of overwhelming emotion (especially rapturous delight), a trance.” This, of course, also describes the properties of the drug ecstasy. Many people take ecstasy with other substances, such as alcohol, to enhance these effects, but this can be an extremely dangerous and even deadly combination. It’s important to know how these substances can affect the body individually, and how mixing them can negatively affect the body. Perhaps you’re already familiar with these negative effects and are in need of treatment. If that’s the case, you’re in the right place.

What is Ecstasy?

Also known as MDMA, ecstasy is an illegal synthetic drug comparable to methamphetamine, a stimulant, and mescaline, a hallucinogen. This psychoactive drug is used both as a stimulant and a psychedelic, resulting in an intense feeling of pleasure and energy as well as an altered perception of reality. These effects occur as the drug stimulates the release of serotonin in the brain, which is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood.

Ecstasy has been used in the U.S. for more than 40 years, and it was categorized as a Schedule 1 drug in 1985, due to its high risk of abuse potential. Some of the current street names for this drug include “Molly,” “E” and “the love drug.”

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What are the Side Effects of Ecstasy and Alcohol Abuse?

Ecstasy can result in various physical, psychological and neurotoxic effects when used alone. Alcohol, as one of the most commonly used and abused substances in the country, also has certain negative side effects. This, of course, is especially true if alcohol is consumed in excess.

Sadly, alcohol is also one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Approximately 88,000 people die every year from an alcohol-related cause, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This is just one of the reasons that these two substances should never be combined.

Ecstasy can have a variety of undesirable effects that last up to a week or longer after using. It can also have several adverse health effects. Alcohol abuse can also have both short-term and long-term effects, and it can affect people in different ways. The following are some of the negative side effects of ecstasy and excessive alcohol abuse:



  • Anxiety
  • Impulsiveness
  • Significant reduction in mental abilities
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Dehydration
  • Arrhythmia
  • Kidney failure

  • Arrhythmias
  • High blood pressure
  • Cirrhosis
  • Fibrosis
  • Mouth cancer
  • Weakened immune system
  • Impaired judgement
  • Cardiomyopathy

Dangers of Mixing Ecstasy and Alcohol

People often mix ecstasy/MDMA and alcohol because they think it enhances the effects on physical performance, but this is simply not true. Others combine them because it can make the euphoric effects of ecstasy last longer. However, once the neurotransmitters are depleted, and the euphoria wears off, it results in a “crash.” The following are some of the results of that crash as well as some of the other negative effects of mixing ecstasy and alcohol:

  • “Crashing” after an ecstasy and alcohol combination high can result in anxiety, trouble sleeping and depression.
  • Many users report an increase in the side effects of both substances when they’re combined.
  • The combination results in an increase in sexual arousal, which results in a greater risk of unprotected sex.
  • Combining a depressant (alcohol) and a stimulant (ecstasy) can result in dehydration, overheating and pressure on the heart, which could result in cardiac arrest.

Treatment for Ecstasy and Alcohol

Are you struggling with ecstasy/MDMA abuse or addiction, or alcohol abuse or addiction? Do you actively combine these two substances, but you’re unable to refrain from doing it again, despite the many negative risks? If so, you’re not alone. MDMA and alcohol is a common combination, and there are many treatment centers that can provide detox and recovery services for both. One such center is The Recovery Village.

Our team of medical professionals is available to provide 24-hour care, with various treatment options available. Even if you’re seeking help for someone else, we’re here to help. Give us a call today to speak with one of our intake coordinators. Recovery is possible.

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