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Mixing Alcohol and Drugs

Since each human body processes drugs and alcohol differently, it’s impossible to know the exact effects combining substances can have. But know this – taking different kinds of drugs together, or mixing alcohol and drugs can be incredibly dangerous.

“Potentiation” can result from mixing alcohol with drugs, or taking two or more drugs at once. Think of potentiation as 1+1 being greater than 2. It’s the compound effect you’ll feel from using one substance added with another, and it can be very difficult to predict.8, 9

What can happen?

The amounts consumed, the potency of the drug, and how an individual body processes each substance all factor into the equation, and the specific response to most drug combinations remains unstudied. So nothing is certain…or safe.

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