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Dangers Of Mixing Ecstasy With Alcohol

Dehydration, organ damage, mental damage, and impaired social life are scary side effects of mixing ecstasy (molly) with alcohol. The following information is managed to become a sufficient motivation for anyone to look for solutions on how to quit drinking alcohol, especially mixed with drugs.

Since ecstasy is a common drug used in clubs, social gatherings, and parties, it is frequently used together with alcohol. A report published at the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that ecstasy users, compared to non-users, are more likely to use higher levels of other drugs and substances, and take alcohol for sensation seeking. Unfortunately, the report shows that molly users reported to experience poorer outcomes of substance use like academic/occupational problems, blacking out, and withdrawal symptoms. These side effects worsen when ecstasy is mixed with ethyl.

Side Effects of Mixing Ecstasy and Alcohol

Another report published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information journal shows that combined use of ecstasy and alcohol could lead to impaired driving to some. Worse, the feelings of alertness caused by ecstasy clouds impairing effects of alcohol. This might make intoxicated individuals decide to drive, therefore posing a severe risk of traffic safety.

Other than life-threatening activities, mixing ecstasy with ethyl leads to the following health-threatening side effects.

Overheating and Dehydration

When the dehydrating effects of ecstasy and alcohol are combined, the significant dehydration may be highly dangerous. This is because alcohol is a diuretic that makes kidneys to produce more urine, while ecstasy raises the speed at which the body uses energy, hence increasing body temperature (hyperthermia). This leads to massive sweat production and respiration, both of which causes water loss from the body.

Dehydration leads to long-term damage and impaired functioning of the heart, brain, and kidneys. Heart/cardiovascular issues associated with dehydration include heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. Overheating and dehydration could also cause:

  • Kidney failure
  • Dry skin and shriveled appearance to the skin
  • Delirium and loss of consciousness
  • Seizures and muscle cramps
  • Confusion and lethargy
  • Aggressiveness
  • Psychosis
  • Headaches
  • Sunken eyes

Organ Damage

Using ecstasy and alcohol can result in kidney, heart, and liver damage. Combining alcohol and ecstasy puts pressure on the liver and kidney, which could make the organs to stop working. The research was done on rodents also suggests that mixing MDMA with alcohol could affect the heart. This study, published in PLOS ONE Scientific Journal, found out that combining MDMAs like ecstasy with alcohol increased stress on the hearts of the animals at a cellular level.

Kidney damage could lead to:

  • Reduced urine amount
  • Swelling on the legs, feet, and ankles due to the retention of fluids in the body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent nausea
  • Excessive fatigue or drowsiness
  • Pressure or pain in the chest
  • Confusion
  • Seizures

Heart problems resulting from combining ecstasy with alcohol include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Chest discomfort
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Snoring
  • Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, and stomach pain
  • Throat and jaw pain

Liver damage resulting from taking alcohol with ecstasy can cause:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Bloody, pale, or pale-colored stool
  • Swelling legs and ankles
  • Abdominal swelling and pain
  • Dark urine
  • Nausea and vomiting

Mental Health Damage

Combining ecstasy with alcohol is dangerous to mental health because ecstasy impairs inhibition, while alcohol impairs judgment. Ecstasy creates a false feeling of increased ability and confidence, while alcohol in real sense decreases this ability. Hence, people who combine the two are more likely to engage in life-threatening activities like attempting to balance on high places, swimming in the deep end, and driving while intoxicated.

Emotional symptoms of mental health damage resulting from combining ecstasy with alcohol include:

  • Chronic anxiety
  • Erratic thinking
  • Excessive mood changes
  • Exaggerated self-worth
  • Impulsive actions
  • Suicidal thinking
  • Reduced ability to concentrate
  • Detachment from reality

Effects on Social life

Simultaneous use of alcohol and ecstasy increases irritability and depression as the effects of the substances wear off. Individually, either substance can cause a crash. When alcohol is added to ecstasy though, the emotional wearing off of ecstasy heightens. This leads to more severe depression that can increase agitation and irritability, and adversely affect the user’s social life. Combining ecstasy and alcohol has the following effects on social life:

  • Recentness, Irritability, and Violence
  • A persistent anxious, sad, and “empty” mood
  • A feeling of guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness, and pessimism
  • Loss of interest in pleasure activities
  • Increasingly feeling misunderstood by other people
  • Loss of social confidence

What to Do in The Case of Emergency

In the event of an ecstasy alcohol combination emergency, seek medical help right away. In the meantime, initiate a cardiopulmonary resuscitation if the victim stops breathing or has an undetectable pulse. One can also: 

  1. Lay the patient down, turning them onto the side to minimize the chances of aspiration.
  2. Remove dangerous objects nearby and ensure they have a clear airway in the event of a seizure.
  3. Keep the victim calm while waiting for emergency services.

Physicians could administer activated charcoal to neutralize drugs in the stomach and then address medical conditions like high body temperatures, elevated blood pressures, and cardiac issues. After stabilization, the victim may be admitted for medical treatment and transferred to a detox facility.