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Mixing alcohol with other drugs

Using alcohol at the same time as any other drug can be dangerous. This includes drinking alcohol while using medicines from the chemist or doctor. One drug can make the negative effects of the other worse. Alcohol can also stop medicines from working properly.

Mixing alcohol with other drugs that slow down the body (eg sleeping pills, heroin, cannabis, methadone, buprenorphine) can:

  • make it harder to think clearly
  • make it harder to properly control how you move
  • stop your breathing and cause death.

Find out more about mixing drugs and alcohol.