Mixing Ritalin and alcohol is often used by young adults and college students in order to "keep the party going" i.e using stimulants to stay up later, drink more, etc.
Ritalin is a prescription medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), narcolepsy, and other conditions. It is made from amphetamines, which are stimulants that interact with the central nervous system.
However, combining alcohol and Ritalin is risky for a number of reasons.
Using stimulants to enable one's ability to consume more alcohol is dangerous due to the risk of alcohol poisoning, rapid heart rate, and other health dangers.
In addition, both alcohol and Ritalin have addictive properties, and come with risks of abuse. Read this important warning about the risks of Ritalin abuse.
It is important to note that when combining two drugs the synergistic effects can be unpredictable and possibly life-threatening.
The Ritalin alcohol combination is a double-edged sword. Both alcohol and stimulants can impair or affect users' ability to perform tasks such as operating heavy machinery. Combing these two drugs can result in a "double whammy" where both drugs magnify the effect the other.
Ritalin can mask some of the deleterious effects of the alcohol where the user may not realize he or she is impaired. As a result, driving is not recommended, especially while consuming alcohol.
Dual diagnosis refers to those who have a diagnosis of more than one
psychiatric condition. For example, those with ADHD are more likely to
suffer from other conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar
As a result, alcohol is not recommended for those ADHD sufferers who also suffer from depression because alcohol is a depressant and should be avoided by individuals with depression.
Since stimulants and alcohol both have addictive properties and a risk of addiction, they should be avoided by those with a history of substance abuse or addiction.
This is especially true if alcohol was the user's drug of choice. Keep in mind that alcohol and Ritalin can both act as relapse triggers, even if they were not the user's drug of choice.
Before taking Ritalin, discuss any history of addiction or substance abuse with your doctor. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe an alternative ADHD medication.