Monday November 24th 2014

Mixing Adderall with alcohol

Are you considering mixing Adderall with alcohol?

Mixing Adderall with alcohol comes with both risks and dangers. In this article, we review what happens in your body when you mix Adderall with alcohol. We also outline what can go wrong when you do. Your questions about mixing Adderall and alcohol are welcomed at the end. We respond to all legitimate queries about Adderall with a personal and prompt response.

Adderall and alcohol effects

Adderall is a stimulant medication which can cause a euphoric high when abused.  Is Adderall legal speed? Kinda.  Speed is much stronger than Adderall.  And before you ask -  Yes, Adderall show up on drug test as an amphetamine, so if you take Adderall you need a prescription or medical record which indicates medical need.  Some people take Adderall to counteract the sedative effects of alcohol, allowing them to drink longer and harder. In online anecdotal forums, people have reported the effects of mixing Adderall and alcohol to include:

  • alertness
  • insomnia
  • pounding heart
  • memory loss

Dangers of mixing Adderall and alcohol

The main danger of mixing Adderall with alcohol is in the fact that the amphetamine salt in Adderall acts as a central nervous system stimulant and can counteract the natural sedative effects of alcohol. So when a person takes Adderall and drinks at the same time, they’ll fail to notice the body’s normal cues, such as sleepiness, that would normally let them know that they’ve had enough to drink. Because Adderall counteracts some of the effects of alcohol, you may believe you’re more sober than you actually are, raising your risk of alcohol related accidents significantly. It’s also quite possible for you to accidentally drink too much.

Additionally, taking Adderall for non medical purposes has a number of negative side effects, especially with habitual use.  Do people die from Adderall?  Yes, cases of sudden death after taking Adderall have been reported within therapeutic doses as well as during Adderall abuse.   Some side effects of taking Adderall without medical reason can be quite dangerous and include:

  • anxiety
  • aggression
  • brain damage
  • confusion
  • hallucinations
  • heart attack
  • paranoia
  • seizures
  • stroke
  • violent behavior

Adderall and alcohol overdose

Alcohol doesn’t directly raise the risk of overdose on Adderall, although it’s possible that impaired judgment could cause someone to take more Adderall than they could handle. What’s more likely is that someone high on Adderall won’t moderate their alcohol intake as before. They may believe they are less impaired than they really are and drink more than is safe. Simply because you feel less drunk when taking Adderall, doesn’t mean that your alcohol tolerance is higher than it would normally be.

Adderall and alcohol deaths

Adderall abuse puts you at the risk of a variety of serious medical conditions, including potential sudden death – even in an otherwise healthy person. But mixing Adderall and alcohol also increases the risk of alcohol-related death. NOT DRINKING ALCOHOL is the only way to stay safe while taking Adderall.

Is it safe to drink on Adderall?

No. Mixing Adderall with alcohol just enhances the dangerous effects of both drugs and masks the true impact these drugs are having on your system. You can ask your prescribing doctor for more information on taking Adderall safely and still being able to drink, but it’s better to err on the side of caution and avoid mixing the two to begin with.

Mixing Adderall alcohol questions

Do you still have questions about mixing Adderall with alcohol or other substances? Please leave your Adderall questions here. We try our best to answer all questions personally, and promptly. And if we don’t know the answer, we will refer you to someone who can help. Your experiences with mixing Adderall and alcohol are also welcome.

Reference Sources: NIAAA pamphlet: Harmful Interactions, Mixing Alcohol with Medicines
DEA: Methamphetamine
Medline Plus: Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine

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11 Responses to “Mixing Adderall with alcohol
Nicole
6:11 am September 17th, 2012

so I decided to go to a party with my boyfriend Lastnite. Drinking and some other drugs where there. So after doing some shots and drinking some beer. We got. Offered. Adderall. So. They. Made. Some. Lines and we did about 9. Pills. Snorting. This was our first time we stayed up all nite . I mean it was fun our last line was at 9am. It is now 2am and I’ve only had a hr asleep. Since Saturday. Morning. Well. Now. I’m.itching and tingling all. Over. Hot and. Cold. Sweats. Dizzy spells. My boyfriend is fine. I was wondering if thetes anything I should worry about? THANKS

Nicole
3:12 pm September 17th, 2012

Its been 24 hrs since I’ve done the adderall and I still feel itchy and tingly. Also a lil chest pain now. Kinda weak too is this normal?

7:34 pm September 17th, 2012

Hi Nicole. No, chest pain can be an indication of adverse cardiovascular events connected with amphetamine use. I’d suggest that you see a doctor immediately.

Adam
11:45 pm September 26th, 2012

Hi. I took a 25mg capsule about 9 hours ago, and i wanna have a beer with my chicken wings. I have heard of what can happen with the mixture. A couple hours after taking it, i went skateboarding and did some strength exercise, noticing that my heart rate was higher than normal with no associated pain. What if i had the beer? Also, what would happen if i took a .4mg nitroglycerin sublingual tab with and without the beer combo?

1:03 pm October 18th, 2012

Hi Adam. It’s difficult to predict what can happen in ANY person’s body when mixing chemicals. And we’re not medical professionals here; just researchers.

Have you spoken with your prescribing doctor about the time to wait before drinking? And what asking for more information about possible drug interactions with the nitrogylcerin? Another good source of information would be a local pharmacist.

Lydia
6:18 am May 9th, 2013

I am an adult taking Adderall IR as prescribed (give or take five mg here and there). I am prescribed to 30mg per day, and I usually take a larger dose in the morning and try to take my last dose by no later than 3PM. My evenings are often spent drinking socially, which can mean anything from 2-6 drinks (but generally over the course of 8 hours or so when on the higher end, like if the evening starts with a ballgame and ends with a round of Trivial Pursuit) so that I am usually drinking less than one drink per hour. Sometimes I get intoxicated, sometimes I don’t. So my question is, what exactly constitutes “mixing” Adderall and alcohol, and at which end is it more dangerous? How long past the half-life of each should I be waiting to take the other? I’ve just turned 30 and have noticed recently how differently my body reacts to things these days than it did in my teens and twenties.

Lydia
6:25 am May 9th, 2013

I would also like to add, for some of the younger readers who are experimenting with adderall recreationally, whether they are prescribed or not, DON’T DO IT! And don’t give it to your friends. I’ve been there. And now I’m paying the price. The abuse I put my body through as a teenager had effects that you can’t even begin to imagine. It changed my metabolism (which is virtually nonexistant now and I’ve gained seventy pounds), my brain chemistry, my hormones, my mental function and my ability to maintain social and romantic relationships. I am thirty years old and I feel and look like I’m in my forties. Seriously, people aren’t lying when they say this stuff, and it happens to almost everyone. You may never get arrested, you may not ever overdose or drown in your own vomit, you might not ever even get caught by your parents; I never had any of those things happen to me. But the decisions you make right now will shape the rest of your life, for better or worse. Make sure they are the right ones.

8:17 am May 9th, 2013

Hello Lydia. I think it might be worthwhile to check in with your prescribing doctor or pharmacist about the delay times and half life of amphetamines, to make sure that you’re on the safe side. Be honest about how much and often you’re drinking and the time periods between your last Adderall dose and the first drink. But I think that you’ll need an expert opinion to make some decisions about using the two together.

Jo
5:27 am May 15th, 2013

I take adderall as prescribed as I do have ADD. I did decide to drink tonight as a result of a fight with my spouse and the anniversary of my mothers death. I drank two tall boys that were 8.1% alc. After the 2nd I felt significantly impaired. (I don’t tolerate alcohol well) Because of my impairment and knowing that was not the condition I should be in as a mother and the only adult home, I took adderall. No big deal because I barely take it as prescribed and a one month rx generally lasts me 45 days or more. It occurred to me to do this though because mentally I know adderall is a stimulant even though when I take it it effects me personally more as a downer effect. At any rate, within 30 min I no longer felt intoxicated and actually felt pretty good. I am not a ding dong and know if I put the alcohol in my body then it is there and my blood alcohol level is not safe to be driving. I also know that because I feel fine that is not an indicator to keep drinking. Bottom line, I am not a dumb ass. What I am saying is I am not abusing my meds, nor am I am alcoholic yet I happened to come across this “happenstance” this evening and was a little puzzled. Everything I read relates nothing to do with my personal circumstances yet I am curious if this is common?

Mike
10:02 pm June 24th, 2014

I just learned that my 21 year old son’s childhood friend died Saturday morning after partying late Friday night. Yes, he mixed Adderall and alcohol. He ended up drinking an whole bottle of Vodka and though he was invincible. His roommates found him dead in his bed at 9:30 the next day. All this just 2 weeks after graduating from University of Miami. These dangers are REAL.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
8:51 am June 26th, 2014

Mike, thank you for sharing this! It’s painful thing to find out someone put himself in such trouble and it all had fatal consequences. My thoughts and prayers go out to the boy’s family and all who knew him!

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