More commonly, people prescribed prescription pain medications use alcohol in conjunction with the pills to increase the pleasurable effects of the pills.
The concurrent use of alcohol has an exponential magnification of the intoxication of the pharmaceutical, and both drugs when co consumed increase the effects of each other. The pills increase the effects of the alcohol, and the alcohol increases the effects of the pills. The resultant intoxication when alcohol and pills are taken together is far greater than the sum of either intoxication when taken separately. With increased intoxication comes increased dependence and addiction.
Some pain pill patients may also consume alcohol to minimize negative side effects experienced from the drugs, to increases the potency of a limited supply of opiates, or to minimize withdrawal symptoms that may begin to occur between dosages.
Page last updated Aug 05, 2010