Alcohol And Medication: A Dangerous Cocktail

By: Lisa Ely
The Johns Hopkins News-Letter

My roommate suffers from atrocious allergies. Her immune system is generally shot, which I attribute to the ludicrous amounts of work she does, and she is likely to contract a semi-lethal strain of streptococcus and be down for the count for the next eight weeks if anyone within a radius of seven kilometers sniffles.

As such, my friend uses copious amounts of pain relievers for her Hopkins-induced migraines, gargantuan antihistamines for her allergies to her feline house slugs and constant antibiotics for the frequent death syndromes she contracts.

But alas! She loves to drink. She is generally afflicted with more than one atrocity at a time, and we know that mixing drugs with alcohol is a bad thing. What should she avoid?

It seems that over the counter pain relievers are the most common drugs present in every medicine cabinet. Aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil), acetaminophen (Excedrin and Tylenol), and naproxen sodium (Aleve) are just a few of the drugs used by athletes, bleeding females, cranky News-Letter editors and klutzes worldwide. More…