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Risky cocktails - 1: Alcohol and marijuana

Risky cocktails – 1: Alcohol and marijuana

27 July | 0 Comments | By Rachael

The desire to get temporary pleasure and enjoy the feeling of being high often push people to get curious about mixing drinks. Alcohol is the most loved substance that often forms the base for cocktail experimentation. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported in 2015 that the most widely used intoxicant among adolescents, alcohol, was consumed by 7.7 million adolescents in the United States aged between 12 and 20; 5.1 million admitted to binge alcohol use while 1.3 million indulged in heavy alcohol use. Marijuana, the most commonly used illicit drug was consumed by 22.2 million Americans aged 12 or older.

Mixing alcohol and marijuana, also referred to as cross fading, is a common practice among substance abusers to enjoy the unique high it gives them. However, they regret doing it most of the times as it may produce some dangerous consequences as highlighted below:

Greening out

Greening out is a state of sickness one experiences after smoking marijuana. It makes the person go pale and sweaty, feel dizzy combined with the spins and nausea, which may be accompanied by vomiting. The condition urges the user to lie down immediately. Generally, it occurs as a common side effect of smoking marijuana, combining it with alcohol increases the risk of this dreadful condition.

Risk of overdose

The combined use of alcohol and marijuana increases the likelihood of the individual overdosing on both the substances. The effects of marijuana are severe when the user has alcohol content in his blood. Using both substances in combination may lead to overdoing it beyond one’s tolerance, thereby raising the risk of alcohol poisoning, a life-threatening condition. Further, in the case of alcohol poisoning, a person may suffer from vomiting, which is body’s autonomous mechanism to expel excess alcohol. However, the inability to vomit properly may lead to choking, which may be a fatal encounter at times.

Poor mental health and academic outcomes

According to a 2016 study published in the journal Addiction, middle and high school students who use marijuana and drink alcohol are more likely to have poorer mental health and academic outcomes.  Students using alcohol and marijuana reported poor academic preparedness and delinquent behavior, compared to youths with lower or no alcohol and marijuana use.

Increased risk of car accidents

Marijuana and alcohol have been found to be the most frequently detected drug combinations in car accidents. Researchers suggest that teenagers who use a combination of marijuana and alcohol are more likely to drive unsafe, compared to those who use one of those substances. A 2015 study, published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, explained that using a combination of marijuana and alcohol increases the blood levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive constituent present in marijuana. This increase in THC levels may be associated with performance impairment, which is likely to raise the risk of rash driving and risk of injuries and accidents.

Another study conducted on U.S. high school seniors suggested that teens who used marijuana and alcohol together had 50 percent increased risk of engaging in a car crash, compared with their peers who did not use either substance.

Better to treat addiction than nurturing it

In order to control driving under the influence and save lives, it is important to make people aware about the hazards of intoxication caused by the two deadly substances of abuse – alcohol and marijuana. Efforts should be directed to educate high school students (especially substance users), parents and others about the increased risks to life under the influence of an addictive substance.

For those who have their loved ones battling substance abuse should immediately contact the Detox Facilities Texas for rapid detox, which is the first step to a successful rehabilitation program. A well-planned detox prevents chances of relapse and helps a person recover completely. Chat online or contact our 24/7 helpline number 866-671-4308 to know about some of the best detox centers in Texas.