Flying, Alcohol, and Mixing Medications

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How many of us have drank on the plane while taking prescribed medications – such as anti- depressants, anti-anxiety and mood stabilizers? Many of us drink on the regular and many of us while taking these kinds of drugs.

What I keep hearing over and over again, is that “having a drink” on the plane will help calm you down and make the flight more fun. Or knock you out to help you sleep; there’s that option. Many of us do it or have done it before.

What I don’t hear being discussed are the negative effects of mixing alcohol and these kind of medications. Sure we don’t think we’ll “die” from doing so, but we might be doing more damage to our bodies than we know. Running the risks of what “might” occur is what we choose to do.

Before you board your next trip, think if you experience any of these effects and to what extreme. Also note your medical health and any other conditions you may have that may be affected and worsen your overall health.

  1. Drowsiness and Incoherence

Alcohol is a depressant, so mixing it with an anti-depressant will counteract the purpose of the drug.  Your depression symptoms might actually worsen when mixing with alcohol. You might feel happy for a bit, but once the alcohol passes your system, the happy feeling will be gone.

  1. Impaired Functioning

Mixing alcohol with any medications can cause you to not think straight, make careless decisions, stutter, stumble, sedated, well it may turn you into a drunken fool. Sorry to say, this happens so watch out if that occurs to you when you mix.

  1. Body Harm of Organs

Certain organs may receive damage if you continue to mix on the regular. Your liver, brain, and heart may be hurt the most. Depending on your body and digestive system, your liver may have to work harder to process the alcohol and your meds when ingested together. Anyone with diabetes – watching your sugar is key. If you go into a diabetic coma on the plane – well it will have to land. If you’re flying over an ocean, that may be a long time until you find land and be treated.

The altitude also plays a part in how medications, alcohol, and our bodies all respond to each other. Everyone’s different, so play it safe to not cause yourself an emergency situation at 30,000 feet in the sky.