When you mix prescription stimulants with alcohol, the negative side effects of each substance are enhanced. This can lead to serious risk of: seizures, anxiety, extreme nausea and vomiting, and heart issues like heart palpitations and an irregular heartbeat (faster heartbeat, makes you feel jittery like you can’t calm down).

When you mix, you reduce your body’s ability to send you safety signals and can push your organs to their breaking point:

  • Liver: too much drinking can lead to liver damage
  • Brain: increase chance of stroke
  • Heart: cardiac arrest, heart attack, or heart failure
  • Lungs: lead to slowed, depressed, or completely stop breathing

Hangovers are, in part, caused by dehydration. Drinking water will help keep your body hydrated, which will in turn reduce the severity of your hangover.

Eating food, particularly carbohydrate and protein-rich food, will lower the rate of absorption of alcohol into the blood stream.

If you are sick there is a good chance you are dehydrated. This will result in a higher blood alcohol concentration. Dehydration can also make your liver less efficient at eliminating alcohol.

All types of alcohol are high in calories, and extra calories can contribute to increased body fat.

Your body will digest approximately one standard drink per hour. If more than one drink per hour is consumed, your body will need to play catch-up, often delaying the effects of those additional drinks.

Mood can affect the way one reacts to alcohol. Slight improvement in mood occurs at a BAC of approximately (.02-.05). At about a .07, mood begins to deteriorate. For someone who was feeling depressed or anxious before drinking these feeling can increase or become exaggerated. Stress emotions such as depressions, anxiety and anger can also cause a change in the enzymes in the stomach and how one may process the alcohol.

The idea that drinking liquor before beer will eliminate the danger of a hangover is a myth. In reality, the amount of alcohol that you consume, regardless of the type and taking into consideration outside factors such as water and food intake, is what dictates how drunk you are – not the order in which you drink alcohol types.

Alcohol use is associated with low testosterone and altered levels of additional reproductive hormones.