- Ask your pharmacist first before mixing Alcohol with Medicines
- Medicines can contain alcohol, putting you at risk of driving over the limit
19 December 2014: Pharmacists today warned of the dangers of mixing alcohol and medicines over Christmas and the New Year. Alcohol can interact negatively with hundreds of commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter and herbal remedies, so consuming alcohol at the same time as using these medicines has the potential to cause problems and put people at risk, pharmacists are advising.
Mixing alcohol with medicines can also make medicines less effective or, even in small amounts, can intensify medication side effects such as sleepiness, drowsiness and light headedness, affecting concentration levels and the ability to operate machinery or drive a vehicle. Alcohol should not be used with antihistamines or medications with sedative effects, pharmacists say.