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Taking medication – over-the-counter (OTC) medicines such as cough and cold and allergy – while drinking alcohol can be a recipe for a deadly disaster, warns the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

While most people see the warning on the label they don’t realize just how potentially deadly it can be.

Below are the following health risks and complications that can be prompted by the use of mixing alcohol and medication:

  • The risk of stomach bleeding increases if you drink alcohol while taking aspirin.
  • Combining alcohol with any OTC or prescribed cough and/or cold medicine can make you excessively drowsy.
  • It’s also dangerous to consume alcohol while taking medications to treat insomnia, pain, depression and more.
  • Taking acetaminophen while drinking alcohol can cause liver damage.

In addition to the above risks, alcohol combined with medicine can make it less effective and even useless.

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