Mixing Alcohol and Cocaine is Risky Business
Alcohol and cocaine have long been a popular combination among partiers. But did you know these two drugs so commonly seen at bars and clubs actually combine in the body to produce a third drug that carries exponentially greater health risks?
Scientists call this drug cocaethylene – and its effects include an 18- to 25-fold increase over cocaine alone in risk for immediate death.
This is the only known example of the body forming a third drug following the ingestion of two others. Many people enjoy its effects, as the euphoria normally associated with each drug is amplified when taken together. However, most people are not even aware that this phenomenon is taking place, or of the increased risks associated with it. Such risks include:
- Liver damage
- Immune system suppression
- Sudden death
Give the popularity of this drug coupling (2.1% of Australians say they have used cocaine in the past 12 months, many of them likely under the influence of alcohol), it is critical that more people become aware of the dangers involved. Nor are they exempt from its long-term effects. Cocaethylene toxins build up over a period of time and begin to work on the liver. The combination of alcohol in the liver along with the effects of cocaethylene in the body is a contributor to massive liver failure, even if the user is at a young age.
Cocaine and alcohol use can cause serious health complications over time, even when taken individually. If you are struggling with either, seeking professional help from an addiction treatment centre is the best option to ensure a successful recovery.