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Mixing crack with alcohol

Thinking about mixing crack with alcohol?

We hope that you’ll reconsider. In this article, we assess the hazards of mixing the illegal drug crack cocaine with alcohol. Lots of things can go wrong. In fact, the consequences can be so severe that they result in overdose and even death.

How long crack stays in your system depends on the length of time and volume you’ve been using.  If you still have questions after reading more about combining crack and alcohol, we invite you to ask them at the end of the article. We try to answer all questions about crack or alcohol as promptly as we are able.

Crack and alcohol effects

Many people who mix crack with alcohol combine cocaine and booze thinking that they will ease the negative effects that come along with crack such as such as tremors or vertigo. However, because alcohol can be a central nervous system stimulant, drinking on crack can actually intensify the length and the high you get from crack. In fact, this mixture can induce euphoria (a state of intense happiness and self-confidence). How does cocaine affect the brain?  Other effects include: talkativeness, mentally alertness, and more acute senses of sight, sound, and touch.

On the flip side, however, drinking on crack will produce negative effects. Crack can enhance the absorption and metabolism of alcohol, creating intoxication or alcohol poisoning. Increased intoxication decreases inhibition. Coordination also decreases while high self-confidence creates a dangerous environment for potential accidents. And the mixture also has the potential to cancel the effects of one other out. No one can tell the many possible outcomes of mixing crack and alcohol. But one thing is for sure: it’s dangerous.

Dangers of mixing Crack and alcohol

One of the big dangers of mixing crack and alcohol together is that once in the body cocaine and alcohol combine to create a third chemical that is very dangerous. This substance is called cocaethylene. Cocaethylene is produced in the liver and is the biggest reason why the effects of crack intensifies and increases the possibility of sudden death. Additionally, cocaethylene leaves the heart vulnerable and perceptible to increased breathing and heart rates.

When alcohol doesn’t increase the stimulant effects of crack, it will instead work as a sedative. Crack and alcohol cause the central nervous system to go back and forth between frenetic activity and sedation and can cause in the body a sudden shutting down. As a sedative, you are at risk of being unable to wake from sleeping if you mix crack and alcohol, with added risks of inducing an unconscious state. Crack also enhances the absorption and metabolism of alcohol. This is why it takes less alcohol in the body to poison you while on crack and you will feel drunk quicker than if you were only drinking rather than mixing alcohol with crack.

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Crack and alcohol overdose

As with other drugs, most crack overdoses involve the use of alcohol. Firstly, the new substance that crack and alcohol produces in the body (cocaethylene) adds to the already dangerous nature of overdosing. Add to this the fact that crack is illegal, and there could be chemicals you aren’t even aware of that could add to an unexpected lethal dose. Not knowing what you are dealing with intensifies the probability that you will suffer an overdose. And finally, mixing crack and alcohol can lead to a body system shut down. In sum, crack and alcohol should not be used together.

Crack and alcohol deaths

Death is possible and increasingly likely when mixing crack and alcohol. Cocaethylene is a deadly substance and makes taking the two substances at the same time extremely dangerous. Your heart becomes vulnerable under the stress of all the chemicals in your body and your heart and breathing could stop. Combine the sedative of alcohol to crack and you may never wake up.

Is it safe to drink on crack?

It is never safe to drink alcohol and take crack together. When combined, the two bring out the worst effects of each drug and intensify the stimulant and depressant effects past their potential as separate substances. The risk of overdose and death is simply too high. So if you want to avoid these risks altogether, it is advisable that you just don’t drink on crack.

Mixing crack alcohol questions

Do you still have questions about crack, alcohol, or other substances? Please leave your questions about crack cocaine here. We try our best to answer all questions personally, and promptly. And if we don’t know the answer to your specific question, we will refer you to someone who can help. Your experiences with mixing crack and alcohol are also welcomed below.

Reference Sources: NIDA: Drug Abuse Cocaine
National Library of Medicine: Effects of Cocaine and Alcohol
National Institute of Drug Abuse: Cocaine Abuse and Addiction

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44 Responses to “Mixing crack with alcohol
10:02 pm February 5th, 2013

How long after you use crack can you have a few drinks? I have decided that I am not using anymore. The last time I used was 1 day ago. I am done with the constant cravings and wasted money. But since I did use not long ago I want to make sure it’s safe when I do have a few drinks. Thanks in advance.

2:29 pm February 9th, 2013

Hello Chris. The half life of crack is really short – about 15 minutes, or so. That means that your body processes and metabolizes HALF of the cocaine in 15 minutes. And it’s usually not detectable for about 8 hours after use. While we don’t condone heavy drinking either, you should be OK if you wait for 24 hours between use of crack and use of alcohol.

6:01 pm February 13th, 2013

i’m curious to know what crack smoke smells like, and if a crack user would drink but not seem to be intoxicated?

8:30 am February 14th, 2013

Hi Andrea. Yes, it’s possible that the stimulant effects of cocaine can seem to offset the depressant effects of alcohol. However, this is just a mask for intoxication…and a person on cocaine can certainly be affected by alcohol and even end up drinking too much.

Crack smoke smells like burning plastic, rubber or styrofoam. Crack can smell a little sweet, but the odor is very chemically.

9:30 am February 21st, 2013

I am seperated from the addicted person. He helps and has a good manner but he gets revengefull on the other side. Many incident i experienced in dangers. I thought about call fbi about this matter. But i am scared. Also i visualise when he is kind heart. He covers his addiction and keeps a job and support himself. He wants to get in my life again but i strongly said “no” . I have to be strong but i feel sorry for him and want to help him but he denies and lies well always.

11:56 am February 21st, 2013

Dear June,

This description certainly sounds like an addict.

You can get in touch with Al-Anon for support for yourself and you can call 1-800-662-HELP for information about drug addiction treatment and local resources in your area. Otherwise, I think it a good and wise decision to stay away from an addict who has not been treated for addiction…and is still using!

Bob E
3:21 pm March 21st, 2013

In my experience many duel addictive individuals (crack and alcohol) dominate addiction is alcohol and they use crack to stay awake or coherent to allow them to continue to drink.

9:33 pm October 19th, 2013

Hi, I Have a few ?s please. My sister is in terrible shape. She has drank alcohol for years. She lives with her boyfriend, who uses crack and alcohol every day. My sister has been hospitalized several times for numerous things. On 3-4 of these occasions, she has tested positive for cocaine. She swears she has tried it in the past, hates it, and she is absorbing it somehow through her boyfriend’s use because he uses the dishes & does it around her. I would like to know if she can absorb it into her system by his using it around her, using microwave, dishes, etc. I really need to know what to believe. Thank You!

5:18 pm October 22nd, 2013

Hello Kim. It’s possible that environmental use be detected in your sister’s system. The most accurate (but expensive) way to determine if she’s been using crack over time is to request a hair analysis, which will show amounts of cocaine in her system. A Medical Review Officer at a laboratory can help you understand the results of such a test and determine if, indeed, she’s been using cocaine and consuming it or if environmental factors contribute to the results. Combined with a blood or urine test, you can get a better picture of what’s going on.

3:52 pm November 22nd, 2014

My children’s father has addictions to alcohol and crack cocaine. He is currently on probation for DUI and is drug tested once a month. But crack doesn’t stay in his system long enough for the test to catch the use. He does keep a job but binges and often can’t pay the bills. My son has had to ask him to stop smoking it in the house and leave and he refuses to go claiming he will quit but will binge again within weeks. I’ve been to alanon meetings to try to help with my anger and control issues. What can I do to get him to quit or leave.. I’m running out of options

1:03 pm November 28th, 2014

Hello Elaine. You are in a tuff situation, but most importantly, you have your son and yourself to take care of. Tell your husband that he needs to be truly commited to leaving his addiction, that you’ll be there to support him, but set boundaries. Have you tried family counseling? Does he go to any kind of therapy meetings?

6:10 am January 1st, 2015

I never consider smoking crack when I am sober. However, when I drink I crave it. Why is that? Also, I can drink without crack, but sooner or later when drinking I will smoke crack. It is just a matter of time. Once again I would never consider smoking crack if I was not drinking.

3:48 pm January 14th, 2015

Hi Bob. I’ve encountered many people telling the same story as you. Seems like crack and alcohol go hand in hand. Sometimes being intoxicated triggers the urge to smoke, or you’ll feel like you are already enjoying yourself and feeling go and think “whatever”. You are not the single one experiencing it, in fact, most people find alcohol as a trigger for coke use (some even find the smell of dental floss to be a trigger).

3:51 pm January 14th, 2015

Hello Bob. Alcohol can act like as a dis-inhibitor to thoughts and actions, thus triggering craving. Additionally, if you have established a pattern of alcohol-crack use…you brain may be anticipating crack as a “reward”. I’d suggest that you speak with an addictions counselor/psychologist about the cycle and/or to look for an MD who specializes in addiction so that you can learn about the neurobiological processes of concurrent drug use. More reading here:

12:52 am January 28th, 2015

Hi my boyfriend smokes crack and he always has to have a beer with his crack so the beer makes the effect worse doesn’t the beer make him higher idk he never smoked without it and when he smokes he’s so quiet that he won’t talk is this normal

11:32 pm July 14th, 2015

maybe i have been lucky i have been taking crack and alcoholtogether for more than 10 years most days , am i just lucky can u answer

11:40 pm July 14th, 2015

i never get a come down allways feel in control , but i never get much of a buzz i know its not good for me and i would love to stop any help there?

12:44 am July 25th, 2015

Hi ive been clean now for four and a haulf months, im 36 years old and was drinkig alcohol from age 13 on and off, the started smoking crack from the age 21, i then went flat out on the two together, (alcohol and crack for many years on and off the longest ive stayed clean was 18 months that was about 6 years ago. how long will my body recover from this please, im really worried ive damage my health. it frightened me reading this page, but a massive wake up call. i do not want to go back on it? Thank you so much for taken time to read this, please help?

9:17 pm August 28th, 2015

How long does crack stay in your system

4:13 pm August 31st, 2015

Hello Hen. You can read all the details about half life, elimination and drug tests detectability of crack cocaine in the following article:

9:27 pm September 4th, 2015

My fiancee just smoked crack took an ambient or two and drank around 5 keystone ices. He passed out on the floor and is still breathing. What should I do?

11:00 am September 7th, 2015

HI Samantha. If you can carry him, then get him into your car and drive to the hospital or Call 911 to seek emergency help to come to the house.

12:24 am September 19th, 2015

I want to know exactly how long crack cocaine stays in your system after taking maybe 10 hits. I weigh about 240 and I’m 5’5

12:22 am September 26th, 2015

I tried crack for the very first time last night, it was all good and then I started drinking. I can’t get to sleep and I keep getting dizzy and nauseous and keep vomiting. What can I do to help myself right now? Thanks

5:52 am October 3rd, 2015

I need help off getting crack but afraid to ask for help what do you do

5:11 pm October 9th, 2015

Hi Wendell. My advise would be to ask for help. You know what the problem is and you should not be afraid to work on fixing it. Your family and friends can support you and encourage you through recovery.

I used sat. Will the crack be out of my system by thru.?
6:29 pm October 13th, 2015

How can I get it out of my system faster.

5:45 am October 31st, 2015

My spouse has been mixing crack with weed and bear and has done over the last 5 years…he is very healthy drinks lot
Of water and does not have any of the effects u say

10:19 am December 7th, 2015

Have friend who used crack for 9 hours and drank beer afrai of losing her job hadn’t used in 5 yrs what should she do?

9:31 pm December 20th, 2015

I suffer from anxiety, but when I have used crack, it always has been accompanied with alcohol. Reason being is a fear the thought of having a panic attack if I do not. Never have had an issue with it while using it, but perhaps it could be because I only used a small amount(like two hits).

11:33 am December 24th, 2015

I just a not the using or drinking,but someone very close to me occasionally goes out and does a line or 2 and drinks beer and smokes cigs.this person also has copd,high blood pressure,asthma,type 2 my question is how long does all of the crack,beer,and smoking cigs stay in the system?

12:03 pm January 24th, 2016

I used some crack on Thursday and Friday night I also was drinking and didn’t eat anything, I was clean for almost a,year before my relapse, I’m 54 170lbs, i have to take a urine test on Tuesday tis week,from what I have read online it says ut should be out of my system in 3 days, what’s your thoughts

3:01 pm February 4th, 2016

I thought either this man has another woman or on drugs he’ll start by not coming home turned phone off I’m like what happened I asked his family thry say he has an alcoholic problem I’ll go out drive around til i find him he’ll always be in a car with a dirty white chic and black male there high but he says he was only drinking i ask them is he high they say i cant tell you that omg i get so pissed but i ask his family they te me no he aint on drugs its alcohol bull shit alchol dobt make u stay out 6 days spend all your money i knew then his family was fake and bullshitting me like why not do an intervention for him? You always talking about the devil stop blaming him and giving him credit it’s the person the person has to want the change. Well I got smart I purchased a drug test he took it came back positive for cocain ohhhhhh his family still saying alcohol. Well I had to let them have it see im tried now! Now it’s like he does this 7-14 day out on the street in the bad parts of town getting high crazy scene he goes rite back to same place all the time it’s like he love being out there called a crack head not washing not eating I finally said that’s it!!!!! this is awful the sad thing for me was everyone knew he was a crack addict but didn’t tell me warn me. Even the pastor knew this everyone in this church his childhood church see I’m not from this state I just moved here had a house fire my neighbor we were past tense going to the same church she introduced me to her brother to stay with him whole I find a place for me and my 2 boys now she knows I’m widowed and still placed me with her drug addiction brother they all knew this I pray pray for them because this wasn’t rite. I love myself to much to go thru this I’ve asked him are you sexually active out there in the street he says no but I can’t believe him you know. He’s even stole from my kids plus on top it just keeps going thru my mind sex with ppl to smoke with him I don’t know I don’t habe this type of behavior in my family… I’m sorta afraid for my health. I really wanted to try and help him he don’t want it why does this happen to people? Why don’t there family tell the truth? Does being high on cocain make u want to perform in sex??? ? Do people get high together and have sexual activities while there high?.

4:57 pm February 4th, 2016

Hi Kasey. Yes, cocaine is definitely associated with group use and feelings of overconfidence can propel users to sexually active lifestyles.

I learned alot about cocaine recently from a National Geographic documentary called: Drugs, Inc. Check out the cocaine episode, as it explains how and why people can literally become “crazy” after even the first use. It’s super addictive!

12:09 am February 15th, 2016


Angel. T
10:18 pm February 15th, 2016

HOW Long will one little hit of Crack stay in my body I got to go to probation and it’s only been18HRs seen I smoke a tiny piece will I be OK

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:39 pm February 19th, 2016

Hi, Paula. I suggest you seek help form laboratory professionals, or find certified lab that run drug testing. You may check out these sites: and Also, you may buy online drug test kit, but I don’t have any idea how accurate they are.

8:51 pm February 23rd, 2016

A couple days ago I was chilling with my boys and one of my boys drank a whole bottle of alcohol and was smoking crack about 30 minutes after he was gone and couldn’t even walk he was on the ground for more than half the night and doesn’t remember anything from that night he fell asleep on the kitchen floor and didn’t wake up for a long ass time ???

1:00 am February 24th, 2016

Wow… I’m now going to a,meeting with him but in my mind he still is a crack head he smokes dope and sleeps in his car don’t wash don’t change his clothes just dirty and all this street life he could come home to his 2800sqft home why???
Now he’s telling me he has changed in know a addict will say anything my guards are up because I don’t know when he will run back in the streets… I took him back in because he didn’t have no one to turn too but do I have the time for this??? Lapsed that program said 90% crack uses USE AGAIN PERIOD. So this means they stay clean for awhile then go back huh???

5:30 pm March 2nd, 2016

When my sister drinks and smokes crack she threatens to kill me and leaves me terrible messages. She has been in so many accidents they took her license away for 10 years. She is 64. Do you think i need to worry about her trying to kill me? She has said she would shoot me then herself and also run me over. Thank you Laurie

6:15 am March 22nd, 2016

It depends on the person i been a heavy user of heroin and crack for years up in till 97 days ago…
I would use around 3 g..s of crack a week and 5 g.s of heroin ..i stop heroin then used crack with 151 rum an beer ..i never had a problem with drinking on cocain that i didnt have when i only dod cocain..i had alot of issues mixing heroin cocain an crack..

12:33 am April 13th, 2016

I used crack easter sunday and took a 12 panel drug test that following Monday will i test positive

11:13 pm May 1st, 2016

After smoking crack almost regularly for weeks & weeks (& having some – alcohol- not alot)…I have to have a urine test in 17 days. At a pain Dr’s office. I have horrible endometriosis & have a pain pump w/ fentynal. (A small amount) Will drinking alot of water (even tho I drank & still sometimes drink because it helps the break thru pain. (Because of National Opioid OD.s) The Dr won’t give Percocet for break thu pain. (i also use lidocaine on my lip daily). I don’t want to get a a flush your system device(as I want the pain pump stuff to show). Is17 days enough with alot of water?

11:20 am October 2nd, 2016

When taking coke qnd drinking do u remember what u say or do u talk rubbish or whould u tell people stuff that u wouldnt aay sober i dont understand it my bf was drinking and pn coke telling me all this stuff then in the morning said he dont remember

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