Many Americans Taking Meds Not to Be Mixed With Alcohol

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Many Americans Taking Meds Not to Be Mixed With Alcohol
Many Americans Taking Meds Not to Be Mixed With Alcohol

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A substantial number of Americans who drink also take medications that should not be mixed with alcohol, new government research suggests. The findings were published online Jan. 16 in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

The findings were based on responses from 26,657 U.S. adults who took part in a government health survey. About three-quarters of men and two-thirds of women in the study were considered "current drinkers," because they'd had alcohol on at least one day in the past year.

The researchers found that among current drinkers, 42.8 percent were on alcohol-interactive prescription medications. Of those current drinkers, 41.5 percent said that in the past month they'd used a medication that can interact with alcohol. That figure was even higher (78.6 percent) among drinkers older than 65.

It's not clear how many people were drinking and taking their medications around the same time -- or even on the same day, the researchers stress. "But this does tell us how big the problem could potentially be," study coauthor Aaron White, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, told HealthDay.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters




More in Home

Some California Mosquitoes Can Carry Zika Virus

Some California Mosquitoes Can Carry Zika Virus

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes found to transmit Zika virus

Periodontal Inflammation a Risk With Tongue Piercing

Periodontal Inflammation a Risk With Tongue Piercing

And, two young females with tongue piercings have deep lingual infrabony lesions, periodontitis

Risk of OD Highest for First Days of Opioid  Benzodiazepine Use

Risk of OD Highest for First Days of ...

Five-fold increased risk of opioid-related overdose during first 90 days of concurrent use

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »