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What Is Cocaethylene and What Is the Danger of Mixing Cocaine with Alcohol?

For many people, the idea of mixing cocaine and alcohol does not sound like a bad idea when they first begin to use the drug. Cocaine is hailed as a mostly recreational drug and is taken at parties, get together, and other times when alcohol is present. Mixing the two just seems like a natural extension of taking the drug. While cocaine use starts out on a small scale, it quickly turns into a strong addiction which takes the user deeper into a dangerous area of mixing different drugs and chemicals.

Cocaethylene is a new type of chemical that begins to be a build-up in the liver after prolonged mixing of both cocaine and alcohol. Researchers have known about its existence since the 1970s, but here not really sure about the extent of the damage until cocaine use became more popular among middle-class suburbanites. Many drug clinics are quite concerned over this new third chemical that is only found after the combination of cocaine and alcohol.

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Many users state different reasons for using cocaine and alcohol. However, one of the more prominent reasons is that when they are under the influence of cocaine, they can drink more without getting drunk. They end up feeling more awake and feel less of the effects of alcohol. This, of course, is just a side effect of the drug as they are dangerously close to a coma inducing blood-alcohol content.

The toxin of cocaethylene builds up over a period of time and begins to work on the liver. The combination of what the alcohol does to the liver; with the effects of the cocaethylene in the system is a contributor to massive liver failure at a much younger age. However, liver damage, and ultimately a failure, is not the only danger of mixing cocaine and alcohol.

New studies have shown that heart problems are also increased with the buildup of cocaethylene in the system. This builds up wages on hearts and creates palpitations, blockages, and deterioration within the heart itself. The real danger is that in young people, the strain of the cocaethylene in the system as well as partaking in strenuous exercise leads to severe and sudden heart attacks. Unlike just taking alcohol and having problems in later years, the combination of both cocaine and alcohol causes problems very early one in thirty-year-olds. In some cases, heart problems are developing in users who are in their teens and twenties. If you are drinking and using cocaine. Get yourself in a cocaine treatment!

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/nov/08/cocaine-alcohol-mixture-health-risks