The Dangers of Mixing Alcohol & Adderall: The New Party Drug

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College students, and even high school students, sometimes abuse Adderall in order to benefit from its stimulating effects. Some students use it in order to spend a late night studying, but there’s another recreational use of Adderall that is gaining popularity: mixing it with alcohol.

Why Do Some People Mix Adderall and Alcohol?

Drinking alcohol while on any prescription medications is never advisable. Serious reactions can occur. But on college campuses across the country, students are “prepping” for parties by taking Adderall. They may take the pills orally or crush and snort them as powder, which gives a faster effect. The rationalization is this: if Adderall gives you energy and alcohol makes you sleepy, taking Adderall in advance of a night of drinking should keep you energized throughout the night and partying like there’s no tomorrow. This logic is absolutely misguided. The two substances do not cancel each other out. Instead, they can create dangerous side effects. Trying to drink as much alcohol as possible can easily result in alcohol poisoning, which can be fatal without proper medical attention. Taking a stimulant in conjunction with alcohol means you won’t be as aware of how intoxicated you are, which raises the risk of alcohol poisoning to a whole new level.

Symptoms of Alcohol and Adderall Interactions

If students think recreational use of Adderall is fun, especially when combined with alcohol, they should consider whether the negative side effects of such use are “fun” too. Symptoms of alcohol and Adderall interactions may include:

  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Tremors
  • Migraines
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)

Side effects of Adderall use on its own, especially in someone without ADD, may include:

  • Stroke
  • Arrhythmia
  • High blood pressure
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia

Recreational use of Adderall is dangerous. Combining it with alcohol, even if you have a legitimate prescription for Adderall, is even riskier. In order to prevent these side effects and symptoms, as well as eventual addiction, treatment should be sought. It isn’t worth putting your life on the line for one night of so-called ‘fun’.

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