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Mixing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

  • It is a good idea to switch between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks like juice, soft drinks or more importantly water to keep hydrated and slow down your drinking.

Mixing alcohol and medication

  • It’s dangerous to mix medicine with alcohol,
  • Many popular painkillers and cough, cold and allergy remedies can react badly with alcohol.
  • Unpredictable effects can range from fainting, nausea and vomiting to internal bleeding, heart problems and breathing difficulties.
  • You can also become drunk more quickly.
  • Alcohol can stop medications such as antibiotics from working, so you may be sick for longer.
  • It is dangerous to mix alcohol and illicit drugs.

Mixing alcohol and energy drinks

Mixing alcohol and energy drinks can increase the negative effects of alcohol use by:

  • Sending mixed messages to the nervous system causing cardiovascular problems (like heart palpitations) and disturbed sleep.
  • Reducing sensitivity to the signs of alcohol intoxication. This may make you drink more, which increases the chance of alcohol poisoning, poor decision making, risky behaviour and other accidents.
  • Causing dehydration, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, fatigue, headaches, muscle cramps and a severe hangover.

Mixing it up
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It's dangerous to mix medicine with alcohol.
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