Dangerous Mix of Alcohol and Muscle Relaxers

In December 14, 2018

Dangerous Mix of Alcohol and Muscle Relaxers

Mixing different kinds of drugs can be dangerous and lead to severe side effects that can have a long-lasting impact on a person’s health. Alcohol and muscle relaxers can be a deadly combination which can impair the individual’s functioning to dangerous levels. Mixing alcohol and muscle relaxants can lead to extreme sedation, decreased cognitive abilities, impaired motor functioning, addiction and in some cases accidental death.

People who drink alcohol and take muscle relaxers are putting themselves at risk for serious health issues such as overdose, respiratory depression, seizure and possible accidents that could lead to severe injury. One of the reasons that the combination of these two drugs can be dangerous is that they are both drugs that depress the central nervous system which leads to serious problems with motor functioning. The risk for getting in a slip and fall or motor vehicle accident are greatly increased when the two drugs are combined.

Muscle relaxers are prescription medications provided to patients to relieve issues with pain associated with sprains or other injuries. They typically have a lot of side effects including drowsiness, dizziness and impaired thinking. They make it difficult for a person to stay alert, make decisions and think clearly.

It is typically not recommended for people using muscle relaxers to drink alcohol because the effects to their thinking and coordination can be greatly exacerbated. Since alcohol also causes issues with memory and motor skills, the two drugs together can greatly impair the body and mind. However, people might combine the two drugs in order to experience a feeling of euphoria or intense relaxation if they have developed a tolerance to one or both of the drugs.

The effects of alcohol and muscle relaxers can lead to health issues, injuries and even death through overdose. Avoid combining the two drugs and only use one or the other in moderation at any given time.


By Dr. Reuben Vaisman-Tzachor

Primary Therapist