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Mixing meth with alcohol

Methamphetamine, known as “meth” for short, is a stimulant that affects the brain, body, and nervous system. Alcohol has depressive effects. Separately, both meth and alcohol can have very detrimental long-term effects to the body, including developing meth dependence . But what happens when you mix these two drugs together (injected, swallowed, or snorted meth while drinking)? We review here and invite your questions about mixing meth with alcohol or how to help meth addiction in the comments section at the end.

Meth and alcohol effects

Many people take meth with alcohol while on a binge. But when meth and alcohol are used together, the drug effects of both are amplified, including increased heart rate and an increased sense of euphoria.

Alcohol’s sedative properties counteract some of the stimulant effects of meth. For example, alcohol can reduce sleep disturbances associated with meth use. Though meth increases the user’s heart rate on its own, mixing with alcohol increases the heart rate more. Meth alone can be dangerous to the heart and mixing with alcohol increases the risk for cardiovascular issues. Additionally, some users have reported some negative side effects to combining meth and alcohol, such as intense nausea and vomiting following the comedown. Some users have also reported a very intense “crash,” or depressive period following combination, including thoughts of suicide.

Dangers of mixing meth and alcohol

Meth counteracts the effects of alcohol intoxication, diminishing the feeling of drunkenness, impaired performance and mood issues. With diminished effects of intoxication, a person may drink much more alcohol than they normally would to achieve typical effects. A person on meth and alcohol can also underestimate their level of intoxication and increase in risky behavior like driving. Increased alcohol intake also increases potential for alcohol toxicity.

Meth and alcohol overdose

Meth diminishes some of the feelings of alcohol intoxication, which can encourage the user to drink more and consequently increases the risk of alcohol poisoning. Signs of alcohol poisoning include:

  • irregular or slow breathing
  • paleness or bluish skin color indicating hypothermia
  • seizures
  • unconsciousness where a person cannot be roused, stupor, or coma
  • vomiting

Meth and alcohol deaths

With diminished effects of intoxication, a person may drink much more alcohol than they normally would. A person may underestimate their level of intoxication and increase in risky behavior like driving. Increased alcohol intake also increases potential for alcohol toxicity. Not only is the potential for alcohol poisoning greater, but also the possibility of death by car accident, choking on vomit, etc.

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Is it safe to drink on meth?

No. It’s not safe to drink on meth. Even though mixing meth and alcohol seems to increase the “good” effects of both drugs, it is not safe to use methamphetamine and alcohol together. Meth reduces impairment commonly associated with alcohol, and the user may underestimate their true level of intoxication, leading to the danger of alcohol overuse. It is not safe to combine the two drugs.

Mixing meth and alcohol questions

Still have questions about meth or alcohol or both? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll work to answer them as quickly as we can.

Reference Sources: Medline Plus: Methamphetamine overdose
NCBI: Acute and residual interactive effects of repeated administration of oral methamphetamine and alcohol in humans
NHTSA: Methamphetamine (And Amphetamine)
College Drinking Prevention: Facts About Alcohol

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10 Responses to “Mixing meth with alcohol
10:03 am May 11th, 2015

Some times when I leave the bar and I’m really intoxicated I’ll smoke a bowl of meth! However I will immediately go into a come state for about 45 mins…then I will wake up no longer drunk full of energy… Im just worried about what my body us going thru in those 45 mins if unconciousnous!! I never intend on doing this just make really poor desicions while under the influence!!

1:58 pm May 11th, 2015

Hi Kendra. Need I point out that such actions can harm your health and security. You should seek help and get treated for your excessive drinking habits. Do you regularly smoke meth or is drinking a trigger for meth use? Anyway, you can set up an appointment with a doctor or counselor and talk about the treatment options fit and available for you.

1:18 pm December 7th, 2015

I did meth bout 2 or 3 months ago. I drinked heavily nd smoked a lot of marijuana too tht day. The next day i smoked weed again nd poped some valiums. Every since i havent felt right. I cant sleep right no more nd its caused me not to b able to smoke weed nd cigarettes anymore either. Ive tried but all it does is make my heart feel like its beating out of my chest nd makes me feel like im on crack. Its messed my digestive tract up too. My metabolism is sped up nd im not having bowel movements as often as i shuld be. Ive also had gastric problems too.

5:23 pm December 9th, 2015

Hi Ray. Eat well, drink fluids and rest well. Your body takes time to heal and you can aid it by eating and sleeping right. Also, speak with your doctor about any other ways you can treat the symptoms you are experiencing.

7:43 am February 25th, 2016

My brother is admitted in the hospital after consuming alcohol with meth (for the first time) but nothing shows up on ct and mri even heart kidneys liver are functioning fine but hes in unconscious state fr 3 days doctors say the toxicity has to come down, how long does it take for him to get rud off the toxins in the blood

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:56 am March 1st, 2016

Hi, Kp. I’m really sorry for your brother. The toxicity levels in the system may vary from person to person. So, I suggest you speak with your brother’s doctors about your concern.

6:46 am August 26th, 2016

Its tragic that paul walker went the way he did, but that just goes to show that you shouldnt mix m and a when driving. Like my girl kenny d says, its more of something to veg out on than an out and about trip. Im just happy pauly went out doin what he loved, driving fast cars fast. R i p paul walker

4:18 pm August 26th, 2016

Hi James. Thank you for you comment. It’s pretty sad the way some of the greatest stars have passed away from unfortunate drug mixes. Paul Walker will sure be missed. I just hope that what happened to him can open the eyes of others who abuse these substances together.

11:56 pm December 16th, 2016

I have drank alcohol and mixed meth with it early in the morning it didn’t hit me until maybe 4AM..
I went to emergency due to slow breathing and dizziness n weakness.. Would that be any relatable to mixing ?

11:17 pm February 24th, 2017

Dose smoking meth increase or decrease your blood alcohol level, say if you were already drunk but them smoked meth would in lower your blood alcohol level

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