It is a common occurrence to find people using both alcohol and Ecstasy as a drug cocktail. Alcohol is considered to be the most widely used legal drug while Ecstasy, also known as 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) takes the lead in being widely used among illegal club drugs.
MDMA is often available in clubs, hippy concerts and bars, same venues where alcohol is always in abundance, making it easier for users to couple the two drugs without much consideration. The effects of this drug cocktail pose more harm than people realize and, in some cases, users succumb to death. MDMA also impairs brain activity.
Effects of Alcohol and MDMA
Little known to most people alcohol is a sedative rather than what most people consider it a stimulant. Once alcohol is absorbed into the body, it gets distributed to other body parts that have water mass including the brain. The brain as we all know controls our behavioral and thinking capacities.
Effects of taking alcohol include:
- Extreme thirst.
- Hot irregular body temperature regulations/ flashes.
- Increased self-esteem.
- Reduced concentration levels.
- Reduced attentiveness.
- Weakened judgment.
As for Ecstasy, it is a stimulant that alters the brain into releasing large quantities of chemical messengers such as dopamine and serotonin, often associated with heightened desire, excitement, and pleasure.
With MDMA, the user may experience any of the following after-effects:
- Irregular increasing heartbeats.
- Violent behaviors especially if combined with alcohol or other street drugs.
- Jaw gritting/ clenching.
- Impaired vision.
- Panic attacks.
- Stiff muscles.
- High blood pressure.
- Heart attacks.
Dangerous Consequences of Mixing Alcohol and Ecstasy
Clubs are often overcrowded causing heightened atmospheric temperatures while ecstasy use seems to thrive in the clubbing environment. In the midst of the excitement, users will tend to forget to take water breaks or further worsen the matter by quenching the thirst using alcohol. Alcohol further causes more dehydration putting Ecstasy users at a higher risk of overheating which eventually leads to vital organ failures such as the liver or kidney and in worst scenarios coma or death.
Aside from dehydration and overheating, combining the use of MDMA and alcohol which are stimulant drugs and depressant drugs respectively, puts hefty pressure of the
heart which could result in cardiac arrest. Also, the drug cocktail impairs the user’s judgment and brain activity that could alter decision making leading to dangerous and fatal accidents.
Red Flags of Dehydration and Overheating on Molly
It is vital for people to understand and be aware of the red flags on an alcohol and Ecstasy user alongside overheating and dehydration. They include:
- Uncoordinated thoughts.
- Blurred speech.
- Head pains.
- Feeling unwell with hot flashes.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Abnormally reduced sweating.
- Reduced urination frequency or urine that is dark and thick.
- Seizures, dizziness and fainting episodes.
- Increased heartbeat rates even when inactive.
Should any of these red flags surface within you or on someone, take a rest, induce water gradually and see or take them to a doctor immediately.
Alcohol and MDMA -Related Depression
Alcohol is a proven depressant that lowers the amounts of serotonin (a chemical messenger that controls the moods also known as the happy hormone) in the brain. Often times that most, people will turn to alcohol for a stress relief remedy. On the contrary, the extended use of alcohol leads to depression and nervousness in users and may have a long-lasting effect.
The Most Important: Do Not Mix Alcohol and Molly
Both alcohol and MDMA are harmful drugs independently and when combined the effects are heightened. Its effects are felt twice as much if taken together displaying high levels of symptoms such as overheating, coma, dehydration, confusion, impaired judgment, and concentration or cardiac arrest.