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Mixing crack with alcohol

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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20 Responses to “Mixing crack with alcohol
Chris
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.

andrea13
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.

june
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.

Kim
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.

Elaine
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?

Bob
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:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1920543/
http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/teaching-packets/neurobiology-drug-addiction/section-iv-action-cocaine/5-cocaine-dependence-activation-reward-pa

amber
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

steve
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

steve
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?

Alicia
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?

hen
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: http://drug.addictionblog.org/how-long-does-crack-stay-in-your-system/

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