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Just imagine it, Bonnie meets Clyde and bad just gets a whole lot worse.

Research has revealed a potentially dangerous interaction between cocaine and alcohol when taken together

If you’re drinking alcohol and taking cocaine at the same time you really are dicing with death.

Research has revealed a potentially dangerous interaction between cocaine and alcohol when taken together. The two drugs are converted by the body into a third drug named cocaethylene. Cocaethylene affects the brain for longer and is more toxic than either drug alone. It heightens and intensifies the euphoric effect of cocaine, but also amplifies the depressive effect of alcohol.

So, you might feel on top of the world at the start of the night, but as the evening wears on, things get progressively worse. It puts an added strain on the body and side effects include increased aggressive behaviour or getting into vulnerable situations.

Cocaethylene also takes twice as long to be processed by the body than normal alcohol, and raises the risk of increased damage to the liver and other parts of the body.

We could demonstrate to you here some more of the research that HAS been conducted, but the truth is that as yet, no-one really knows for sure the full implication of taking alcohol and cocaine in combination. There really is no answer as to when the worst may happen, it may be your first time or it may be your 100th time, is it worth taking the chance? Medical and substance misuse professionals can only offer the quite firm recommendation of not to mix the two as there is no other harm minimisation advice.

The worst thing is you could be double dosing or actually forming cocaethylene if you have used cocaine the night before and been out drinking. Even if you have considered the consequences and decided to use and not drink, cocaine is detectable in your body for 3 – 5 days and therefore if you have used on Friday night and then gone out for a drink on Saturday night you could still be introducing cocaethylene to your system. This works the same if you have had a heavy drinking session and not allowed for all the alcohol to have left your system before using cocaine. It’s not quite as easy as not using the 2 on the same night. There is no simple equation that can be applied to work out the best time to mix them.