What Happens When You Mix LSD and Alcohol?

LSD is a substance praised by hippies and tech moguls alike. Because of the drug’s mixed reputation and prevalence in pop culture, many people write off the potential dangers of LSD use and instead see it as a ticket to enlightenment. It turns out that the effects of this substance are more complicated and often riskier than they appear. LSD use can have unpredictable and even deadly consequences, particularly when consumed with alcohol and other drugs. If you or someone you know is taking LSD and alcohol together, it’s important that they consider the potential dangers before endangering their life or the lives of others.

What is LSD?

LSD is a synthetically created psychedelic substance notorious for its mind-bending psychological effects. Commonly referred to as “acid,” consumption of this drug elicits a period of visual, auditory and perception changes that can last for 12 hours or more. LSD affects everyone a little differently; this unpredictability is one of the most dangerous aspects of the drug. While some users feel fairly level-headed throughout the course of a “trip,” others begin to experience “bad trips” pervaded by intense feelings of anxiety, terror, entrapment or existential dread. These bad trips can leave individuals psychologically damaged, experiencing symptoms of PTSD and making them more vulnerable to mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.

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What are the Side Effects of LSD and Alcohol?

The ways that LSD interacts with other drugs, including alcohol, are difficult to understand. This is because its effects vary dramatically from person to person based on individual body chemistry and the dosage consumed.

The side effects of LSD use include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleeplessness
  • Extreme changes in mood

The side effects of alcohol consumption include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Impaired judgement
  • Blackouts
  • Decreased perception and coordination

Dangers of Mixing LSD and Alcohol

The effects of LSD are often unpredictable and highly variable based on the amount taken, the user’s mental state and the place where they consume the drug. Dosages can be difficult to determine and even precisely controlled amounts affect everyone differently.

Alcohol use only increases the unpredictability of the drug, making it more dangerous. Some studies suggest that alcohol can increase the effects of LSD. Because alcohol impairs judgment and lowers inhibitions, it is also thought to increase the likelihood of reckless behavior and self-harm while on LSD. This doesn’t just impact the safety of the person mixing acid and alcohol — it also endangers the lives of those around them.

Treatment for LSD and Alcohol

While LSD is not necessarily addictive in a physical sense, frequent use can take a tremendous toll on mental health. Psychological addiction, while rare, is also a distinct possibility. When used in combination with alcohol or other substances, LSD becomes even more dangerous.

If you or someone you love is abusing alcohol, LSD or other substances, turn to professionals you can trust. At The Recovery Village, our dedicated staff of nurses, counselors, doctors and psychologists have helped countless people overcome addiction and substance misuse. Evidence-based detox, inpatient, outpatient and aftercare measures set you up for success from day one. Contact our intake coordinators to begin the treatment process today.

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