Who doesn’t love Consumer Reports? It’s always looking out for us and in one of its articles entitled, “Don’t Drink Alcohol While Taking These Medications” it shows its concern once again for the American People. “If you plan to ring in the New Year with champagne or another alcoholic drink, keep this in mind: For people on certain medications, drinking alcohol – even a small amount – can be dangerous,” said Consumer Reports.
“More than 100 drugs interact with wine, beer, champagne, and hard liquor, triggering problems ranging from nausea and headaches to life-threatening issues, such as internal bleeding and difficulty breathing,” said Consumer Reports.
As DUI defense attorneys, we’ve noticed how most people don’t seem to be aware of the risks of combining medications with alcohol, and researchers at the National Institute of Health have noticed the same problem. When the NIH recently looked at the medication and drinking patterns of around 26,000 adults, it discovered that 42 percent of respondents who drank alcohol were taking medication that could have dangerous interactions with alcohol.
Seniors Are at a Greater Risk
“Most alarming, almost 80 percent of people 65 and older who imbibed combined alcohol with dangerous drugs,” reported Consumer Reports. This is a problem for seniors because their bodies metabolize alcohol slower; therefore, it stays in their systems longer. What’s more, seniors are more likely to be on multiple medications, dramatically increasing their risk of dangerous interactions.
The following drugs are dangerous with alcohol:
- Certain Antibiotics
- Blood Thinners
- Cholesterol Drugs
- Anti-Anxiety Drugs
- Blood Pressure Medication
- Muscle Relaxants
- Opioid Pain Relievers
- Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
With some types of medications, all it takes is one drink of alcohol to experience hazards. There are medications where you should abstain for an entire day before you take them. So, if you’re on any medication, be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist before drinking alcohol, even if it’s one drink.
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