Illegal drugs or narcotics, are dangerous on their own, but what happens when you mix substances together? Now that’s like opening a Pandora’s box of trouble and undesired effects. So when you’re mixing alcohol and cocaine, you’re actually inviting a range of dangerous effects, including death.
Let’s take a closer look at this dangerous pairing.
Mixing Alcohol and Cocaine
Drinking alcohol is legal, but long-term and excessive use can bring a wide range of negative health and psychological effects, including addiction. Mixing alcohol and cocaine, exponentially increases the dangerous risks associated with both substances. Furthermore, mixing alcohol and cocaine can also bring in unpredictable side effects.
Why Users Mix Alcohol and Cocaine
One of the major reasons why users mix alcohol and cocaine could probably be tolerance. They have already “outgrown” the desirable effects of alcohol or cocaine, and are looking to explore and increase the substance’s effects.
Tolerance develops when the body no longer produces the same effects as it used to do with the same amounts of substances. Therefore, users would increase their levels of consumption, leading to abuse and addiction. In this case, they would mix alcohol and cocaine to magnify the “feel good” sensation they get from both substances.
However, cocaine is a stimulant and alcohol is the opposite. Cocaine makes users become over-confident and hyperactive, able to stay up unnaturally longer and party. They are also more able to drink alcohol for longer periods of time without easily getting drunk. However, the negative effects are also magnified.
Cocaethylene: The Result of Mixing Alcohol and Cocaine
Cocaethylene is a toxic substance that gets formed when you mix cocaine and alcohol. This substance is particularly very dangerous for the liver. It can also lead to heart attacks in younger people who may otherwise have healthy hearts.
Other side effects include:
- breathing problems
- cognitive impairment
- increased heart rate
- increased blood pressure
- heart palpitations
- brain damage
Mixing alcohol with other drugs are usually common among younger generations, especially those who want to experiment with party drugs and enhance their experiences in concerts and festivals.