Alcohol, Sedatives, Analgesics and Reactions

Drugs can have a lot of interactions with other useful medicines, narcotics, diet’s essentials or may also influence various actions on the body. Alcohol however, is a beverage which has become quite a custom of one of the major meals in America. In spite of the fact that alcohol may exert harmful effects on the body when it is itself sidelined to the gut, it can also influence interactions with specific drugs if both of the entities are active in the body at the same time.

In order to out-shine this statement, there was an important study enunciated by Aaron White and further elaborated by Karen Gunning who is a reputed professor at one of the health science universities in Utah. Taking this study in consideration, Aaron White published it in NIAAA in order to raise awareness amongst the people who consume alcohol together with sedatives, narcotics or analgesics either during an important meal or any other time of the day.

This study was published in an online journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Approach making it easier for people other than health care officials to look into the matter in order to take lessons from it. Alcohol has been found to have slight adverse effects which can worsen if there is further interaction of alcohol and the said drugs. The study revolved around 27,000 adults; however, around 43% of which were found admitting to the fact that they indulge in meals which comprise of specific drugs and alcoholic beverages as well. Nevertheless, Gunning had also commented on the fact that out of this percentage of adults, only a few were found to have active interactions which made this a possibility for all the others in the study.

Alcohol has been found to have reactions with three of the most important classes of drugs. Sedatives can interact with alcohol producing low side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness. However, wit the rise of diabetics in the country, it has been also found out that diabetic agents have a profound effect on the human body if they are taken with an active amount of alcohol. These adverse effects are quite depressing since they can easily affect the respiratory and the cardiovascular system of the body leading to cardiac and respiratory depression as well. On the other hand, alcohol and analgesics share a very unhealthy bond. This bond, however if enunciated may produce harmful effects which can range from stomach bleeding to ulcers as well.


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