Thinking about mixing crack with alcohol?
We hope that you’ll reconsider. In this article, we assess the hazards of mixing the illegal drug crack cocaine with alcohol. Lots of things can go wrong. In fact, the consequences can be so severe that they result in overdose and even death.
How long crack stays in your system depends on the length of time and volume you’ve been using. If you still have questions after reading more about combining crack and alcohol, we invite you to ask them at the end of the article. We try to answer all questions about crack or alcohol as promptly as we are able.
Crack and alcohol effects
Many people who mix crack with alcohol combine cocaine and booze thinking that they will ease the negative effects that come along with crack such as such as tremors or vertigo. However, because alcohol can be a central nervous system stimulant, drinking on crack can actually intensify the length and the high you get from crack. In fact, this mixture can induce euphoria (a state of intense happiness and self-confidence). How does cocaine affect the brain? Other effects include: talkativeness, mentally alertness, and more acute senses of sight, sound, and touch.
On the flip side, however, drinking on crack will produce negative effects. Crack can enhance the absorption and metabolism of alcohol, creating intoxication or alcohol poisoning. Increased intoxication decreases inhibition. Coordination also decreases while high self-confidence creates a dangerous environment for potential accidents. And the mixture also has the potential to cancel the effects of one other out. No one can tell the many possible outcomes of mixing crack and alcohol. But one thing is for sure: it’s dangerous.
Dangers of mixing Crack and alcohol
One of the big dangers of mixing crack and alcohol together is that once in the body cocaine and alcohol combine to create a third chemical that is very dangerous. This substance is called cocaethylene. Cocaethylene is produced in the liver and is the biggest reason why the effects of crack intensifies and increases the possibility of sudden death. Additionally, cocaethylene leaves the heart vulnerable and perceptible to increased breathing and heart rates.
When alcohol doesn’t increase the stimulant effects of crack, it will instead work as a sedative. Crack and alcohol cause the central nervous system to go back and forth between frenetic activity and sedation and can cause in the body a sudden shutting down. As a sedative, you are at risk of being unable to wake from sleeping if you mix crack and alcohol, with added risks of inducing an unconscious state. Crack also enhances the absorption and metabolism of alcohol. This is why it takes less alcohol in the body to poison you while on crack and you will feel drunk quicker than if you were only drinking rather than mixing alcohol with crack.
Crack and alcohol overdose
As with other drugs, most crack overdoses involve the use of alcohol. Firstly, the new substance that crack and alcohol produces in the body (cocaethylene) adds to the already dangerous nature of overdosing. Add to this the fact that crack is illegal, and there could be chemicals you aren’t even aware of that could add to an unexpected lethal dose. Not knowing what you are dealing with intensifies the probability that you will suffer an overdose. And finally, mixing crack and alcohol can lead to a body system shut down. In sum, crack and alcohol should not be used together.
Crack and alcohol deaths
Death is possible and increasingly likely when mixing crack and alcohol. Cocaethylene is a deadly substance and makes taking the two substances at the same time extremely dangerous. Your heart becomes vulnerable under the stress of all the chemicals in your body and your heart and breathing could stop. Combine the sedative of alcohol to crack and you may never wake up.
Is it safe to drink on crack?
It is never safe to drink alcohol and take crack together. When combined, the two bring out the worst effects of each drug and intensify the stimulant and depressant effects past their potential as separate substances. The risk of overdose and death is simply too high. So if you want to avoid these risks altogether, it is advisable that you just don’t drink on crack.
Mixing crack alcohol questions
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