The Dangerous Drink…….

I wanted to share a story that happened this weekend relating to the dangers of MIXING ALCOHOL WITH MEDICATIONS. I was out this weekend with my girlfriends, and one of my best friends, Bizzle, (while not bipolar, is still on a lot of medications) seemed to have too much to drink. My friend and I dropped Bizzle off at her apartment (she lives alone). I walked her up and she ran to the bathroom and puked. When she was done, I asked her if she was ok or if she wanted me to stay. She said she was fine and since Bizzle’s  friends were going to be meeting her back at her house shortly to stay the night, I took her word and my friend and I left to go back to the city. As soon as I arrived home (about 30 min later) one of the overnight guests called and was on the phone frantic and crying telling me that when she got to Bizzle’s apartment, she was passed out and not breathing and the paramedics were there. It turned out that Bizzle was having a seizure and was asphyxiated by her own vomit.

Paramedics got her breathing, and Bizzle spent a few hours in the hospital, but is ok now. However, if Bizzle’s friends were not staying the night, this could have been much more serious. I felt horrible all day yesterday because I was the one who left her, and even though she said she was fine, I still have been blaming myself for (a) letting her drink so much and (b) not staying with her until the other girls arrived.

Point being, mixing alcohol with medications is soooo dangerous. Unfortunately, I think I do it a little too often and this weekends events have made me sit back and take a look at the seriousness of it. I know we always think it can’t happen to us, and I never even gave it a thought, but the truth is, it can happen to anyone, bipolar or not. Medications are potent things and mixing alcohol and other drugs and things, is like your own personal chemistry experiment. I don’t want to sound like a preacher, but I could have lost one of my best and dearest friends this weekends. She has been one of my supporters from day 1 that I was diagnosed and has been there for me through so much. I feel that if I didn’t express my concern to all of you about the dangers of these kinds of things, then what kind of support would I be? Doctors warn us, medication labels warn us, but sometimes I think it takes an incident with real people before the warnings hit home or seem real to us. (At least that is what I feel).

So please, please please, be smart about alcohol and medications!!!!!!!!

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  1. I would’ve been terrified. One of my first drinking experiences ended up pretty badly (though not life threatening, thank God!) after I failed to remember taking Sudafed before I started hitting the rum bottle. Obviously, I wasn’t on prescribed medication, but even with over the counter stuff, you have to be careful. I have to deal with allergies all the time, and most of the meds given to allergy sufferers have alcohol warnings on them. I had one of the worst hangovers of my life thanks to that experience… It was not good. 🙁 It’s hard not to blame yourself when something like this happens, but obviously, you tried to help! Until all of us parade around with a list of meds and their warnings pinned to our shirts, it’s ultimately ourselves who have to be responsible about what we can mix and what we cannot. Good post! Many people don’t think about what they’re doing until it’s too late… especially when it involves drinking!