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[irishhealth.com] , Condon, Deborah Do not mix alcohol with medicines. (11 Dec 2013)

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Many people consume more alcohol than usual during the festive period, so pharmacists are reminding people of the dangers of mixing alcohol with medicines.

They warned that consuming alcohol while taking medicines, even in small amounts, can have ‘unpredictable effects'. In many cases, a medicine may be rendered less effective or the side-effects can become worse.

Pharmacists also reminded people that some medicines can make people drowsy or lightheaded, and can affect concentration and the ability to operate machinery, including driving a car.

"Consuming alcohol at the same time as using these medicines can lead to risks to personal safety, including serious or even fatal accidents on the roads or at work," the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) said.

 

Item Type:News
Source:irishhealth.com
Date:11 December 2013
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Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Social context
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Over the counter drug (medicine / medication)
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Prescription drug (medicine / medication)
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption

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