Ultimately, the concept of mixing dangerous substances like alcohol and meth seems too explosive to the healthy person. Some of you are probably more familiar with people who smoke and drink simultaneously, or a person who cuts liquor with a caffeinated beverage. However, as strange as this may sound, combining a stimulant (like caffeine or nicotine) with alcohol is akin to an alcohol-meth mixture. In that light, the number of people who abuse alcohol and consume crystal meth is disturbingly high. (In fact, some research suggests that men and women who habitually drink are more likely to smoke meth.) Let’s take a closer look at this explosive combination so you can better understand why people take this risk.
Why Do This?
Comorbidity and polysubstance use are far more common than we would like to imagine. In fact, medical science has confirmed that people will combine drugs to “fine tune” their ecstatic highs, and the same situation takes place when someone mixes meth and alcohol. Overall, researchers speculate that alcohol abusers and alcoholics will take meth to eliminate the relaxing effects of alcohol and maintain a steady feeling of euphoria. (Did you know that, in 2008, 24% of emergency room visits related to meth also involved alcohol?)
What the Research States
Back in 2011, a team of Columbia University Researchers administered a meth-alcohol combo to 9 adult male test subjects (for a 20-day period) at a residential laboratory (New York Psychiatric Institute). All subjects had recently suffered from amphetamine and alcohol use, and the team of researchers also assessed the men’s physical and mental health. Ultimately, the Columbia group produced the following information:
- Meth and alcohol combinations boosted heart rate, blood pressure, and euphoria.
- Meth and alcohol combinations reduced feelings of sedation.
- Meth counteracted some mental fogginess and impairment induced by alcohol.
- The combinations produced fewer disruptions of sleep than a single dose of meth.
- Over the course of the study, the men became tolerant of the combination.
- Participants did not suffer from residual symptoms (besides high blood pressure and heart rate).
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