Mixing Meth and Alcohol: What Are the Risks?

Mixing Meth and Alcohol
Dominic Nicosia

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Dominic Nicosia

When you compound substance abuse by mixing alcohol with other drugs, it’s always a potentially deadly move. Mixing meth and alcohol is particularly deadly and unfortunately common. As alcohol endures as the country’s most dominant addiction threat, claiming approximately 88,000 lives per year, according to data from the National Institutes of Health, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that over 1.5 million Americans are also using methamphetamine. When these populations overlap and excessive alcohol use occurs alongside meth abuse, users put themselves at exponentially increased risk for long-term health issues, profound and permanent neurological damage, and fatal overdose. In some states, meth has been the leading cause of overdose fatality for multiple years running.

Why Do People Mix Meth and Alcohol?

People who mix meth and alcohol often do so to offset the negative health risks of one another. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which means it slows down brain function and neuroactivity. Meth is a stimulant, which leads to many hyperactive short-term neurological effects, including increased wakefulness and physical activity. Users also mix alcohol and meth as a simple way of social interaction when they’re using meth in groups. It’s highly common for social drug use and drinking to go hand in hand. Sometimes, however, the ultimate consequences can be more deadly than others; the mixture of meth and alcohol is one of these times.

There are also times when people engage in behaviors similar to mixing meth and alcohol without even realizing it, such as mixing energy drinks and vodka or even smoking while drinking. While mixing illicit, lab-made meth and alcohol is much more serious, there are still multiple health risks of mixing these everyday substances.

Physical and Psychological Risks of Mixing Alcohol and Meth

Mixing meth and alcohol heightens the risk of multiple immediate and long-term health issues, including but not limited to:

  • Elevated Heart Rate
  • Impaired Judgment and Motor Skills
  • Increased Tolerance (People Often Feel Less Drunk or High)
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Heart Attack and Stroke
  • Brain Damage
  • Hypertension
  • Seizures and Convulsions
  • Suicidal Thoughts and Ideations

Other risks include depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease, hallucination, psychosis, nausea, flu-like symptoms and tooth rot.

Lifestyle Risks of Mixing Alcohol and Meth

The reality is that you just make bad decisions when you’re high or drunk, and mixing meth and alcohol only increases these dangerous impulses and poor decision-making. Example include:

  • Driving While Drunk or High
  • Illegal Activity to Get Meth or Alcohol
  • Illegal Activity While under the Influence
  • Increased Sexual Activity
  • Associating with Dangerous People
  • Job Loss
  • Loss of Savings
  • Family Issues
  • Relationships Struggles
  • Loss of Friendships

Prolonged meth use, as well as alcohol abuse, hijacks your brain chemistry and turns you into someone completely different. These forced personality changes are very often exemplified through behaviors in which you’d never engage while you’re sober.

Get Help Now: Stop Mixing Alcohol and Meth

You don’t have to stay locked in an endless cycle of meth and alcohol addiction. Medical detoxification can help you or your loved one re-balance your brain’s chemistry, a critical part of the recovery process, while allowing you to get safe, compassionate and effective help for your acute alcohol and meth withdrawal symptoms. Following detox, behavioral inpatient or outpatient rehab can help you develop coping mechanisms to avoid relapse in high-pressure situations.

Recovery Unplugged is here to offer you or your loved one the help you need to overcome your co-occurring meth and alcohol abuse. Call us today at 800-55-REHAB to start treatment. We are in network with many major insurance plans and are ready to help you begin your recovery journey.

Dominic Nicosia

Dominic Nicosia

Dominic Nicosia, a seasoned content writer, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the realm of healthcare writing, particularly in the addiction care field. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Professional Writing from the University of the Arts Philadelphia (2009), Dominic has carved a niche for himself with over seven years of specialized writing experience in addiction care.

As the Senior Content Writer at Recovery Unplugged, Dominic is entrusted with the pivotal role of curating and overseeing the online blog, ensuring its alignment with the highest standards of accuracy, relevance, and trustworthiness. His responsibilities extend beyond the blog, encompassing all written communications within the Marketing domain. From articles and thought leadership pieces to web content, Dominic's penmanship is evident in every written facet of Recovery Unplugged.

Dominic's credibility is further enhanced by his contributions to esteemed publications like Austin Fit Magazine, where he delves into critical topics such as drug use, addiction, recovery, and mental health. His writings not only reflect his profound understanding of the subject matter but also resonate with readers, offering insights and guidance. Outside the professional sphere, Dominic's passion for music is evident. He has been writing and playing music for years, showcasing his versatility and depth as a writer and artist.

Dominic Nicosia stands as a beacon of expertise and credibility in the healthcare writing community. With a deep understanding of his subject matter and a commitment to accuracy, he consistently delivers content that is both informative and reliable, meeting the highest standards of quality and trustworthiness in the industry.


  • Proven track record in managing and enhancing online blogs, articles, and thought leadership pieces.
  • Adept at blending his passion for music with his writing, offering a unique perspective on topics.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Professional Writing from the University of the Arts Philadelphia (2009).
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