Holiday Drinking while under Medication Can Be Dangerous

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Image gives credit to Barber, Lisa/the food passionates/Corbis.

Drinking on holidays is very common. However, before you raise a glass or two for a cheer, pause for a while and think up, particularly if you are under medications.

Whether you are taking an over-the-counter or prescription drug, it isn’t safe to drink even a single shot of any alcoholic beverage. Thus, calling for a toast during holiday gatherings isn’t a good idea.

Right before the holiday season started, experts have been warning everyone about the dangers of mixing alcohol with medications. They affirmed that some ingredients contained in some drugs can adversely react with alcohol, making the drug either less effective or  dangerous.

Experts have further explained that drinking while under medications might have a negative effect on a person’s symptoms or on his or her disease. For an instance, when a person treating diabetes consumes alcohol, that person’s blood-sugar level can be reduced, which can eventually lead to poor control diabetes.

Moreover, alcohol can also intensify the sleep-inducing effects of some medications. It may lead to severe drowsiness, making it too dangerous for a person to drive or use perilous machinery.

Pharmacists have likewise warned the elderly. They claim that older people are at increased risk for drug-alcohol interactions since they often take more medications than younger ones. The interaction’s effect to them may affect their thinking and motor skills. In addition, aging can slows down their body’s ability to break down alcohol. Thus, if an older person under medication consumes alcohol, its effect remains longer in his or her system, making him or her more prone to accidents and injuries.

“Drinking while under medication is most probably one of the factors that caused the increased number of fatal vehicle accidents resulting from driving under the influence (DUI) during holidays. As evidenced by the 2008 statistic released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), holidays are the deadliest days of the year. Though, holidays are understandably the season to be merry, this is also the season when you have to control yourself from grabbing a glass of wine or champagne from the buffet table,” reminded by our law firm’s group of expert personal injury lawyers.

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