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The Dangerous Interaction of Ketamine and Alcohol

It is well known and advised, never to mix any drugs while consuming alcohol. The result can be harmful. Such is the case with ketamine and alcohol. The interaction of both substances can be extremely dangerous. The results of mixing both substances can be unpredictable. Ketamine can cause dissociative effects that can interfere with a person’s awareness of how damaging it can be to mix certain substances.

According to Stanford University, the side effects of ketamine can cause bizarre thoughts and hallucinations, confusion, memory loss, delirium, and experience rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations, elevated blood pressure, and slow or “stop and start” breathing. “Flashbacks” or visual disturbances can appear days or weeks after ingestion.

Mixing ketamine and alcohol can pose serious health risks to the substance user. In some cases this combination can also be fatal.

What are Some Dangerous Effects of Ketamine and Alcohol?

Ketamine and Alcohol

Sexual predators put ketamine in alcoholic drinks to easily assault their victims.

Depending on how much alcohol is consumed and the dose size of ketamine taken, effects of ketamine and alcohol may differ for individuals. In any case, mixing the two substances is very risky and can have fatal results. Some known effects of using both ketamine and alcohol together include:

  • Ketamine can impair your motor skills and make it hard to move about. When mixed with alcohol these effects can intensify.
  • Nausea and vomiting can result when you use both these substances.
  • Ketamine and alcohol can make a person drowsy and fall asleep. If they vomit, they may also end up choking on their own vomit.
  • The interaction of these two substances can also decrease breathing rate. This can result in respiratory problems.

Mixing ketamine with a depressant like alcohol can also impose the risk of coma or death for the user. When used for illicit purposes, ketamine can cause harmful effects on a user. Alcohol itself can be fatal when a person becomes heavily intoxicated. The interaction of ketamine and alcohol just to get high, or get a better buzz may only lead to danger and regret.

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Other Dangers of Taking Ketamine and Alcohol

Ketamine users can not only experience hallucinations and a perception of reality, but they often feel as if they cannot move. Alcohol itself can cause slips in memory when heavily consumed. Combining both can put a person in a vulnerable situation, especially women. In parties or clubs, anyone can mix ketamine into their alcohol beverage and they would not know it. They can get raped under this situation, and may have trouble recalling what happened, or wonder if something actually did happen.

Ketamine and Alcohol Abuse

If you or a loved one use ketamine and like to drink also, never mix the two. If ketamine and alcohol abuse is a problem in your life, do not let it get worse. Get help for both. Do not mix both ever. However, it is important that you or a loved one get treatment to stop using alcohol and help in also stopping ketamine use. There are treatment centers that can help people that are using multiple substances and want help.

Speaking with an addiction counselor can get you treatment information and referrals. Call 800-601-3889 to get started today. 

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