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Frequently Asked Questions  

Q:  If I am Taking Over-the-Counter or Prescription Medication, Do I Have to Stop Drinking?

Possibly. More than 100 medications interact with alcohol, leading to increased risk of illness, injury and, in some cases, death.
The effects of alcohol are increased by medicines that slow down the central nervous system, such as sleeping pills, antihistamines,
antidepressants, antianxiety drugs, and some painkillers.

In addition, medicines for certain disorders, including diabetes and heart disease, can be dangerous if used with alcohol.
If you are taking any over-the-counter or prescription medications, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether you can safely
drink alcohol. (See also Alcohol Alert No. 27: Alcohol-Medication Interactions.)



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