What Happens If You Take Antibiotics With Alcohol?


We all have heard it from our physicians. “Hey, I know you’re a fan of a 6-pack Heineken every weekend. We’re drinking buddies and it is fine, really. But, you can’t do that this weekend, bud. The medicines I prescribed for you will have a very bad reaction with alcohol. Please, don’t risk it.”

Did this kind of dialogue ever transpired between you and your doctor? If it did, what was your answer? In front of your physician you’d say – “Sure, doc. No problem. I won’t drink while on my meds.” – But, when you walk out that door, what’s really on your mind? “Duh, a six-pack won’t hurt me. I had a rough week at work and I need some down time. These meds are keeping me up all night!”

This kind of attitude will not cut it, man. You are endangering yourself just because you want to be satisfied by a few cans of beer. It’s your life on the line, don’t you see that?

An expert on the matter, Dr. Ana Blohm of Sherpaa, has a lot to say about how alcohol and antibiotics combined is very dangerous for your health. (But if you want to meet your maker soon, it’s your choice, stud.)

On a side note, the doctor was asked on the effects of drinking a few glasses of alcoholic beverage while under medication – antibiotics mainly. Let’s be clear here. It’s not about drinking your meds with alcohol. It’s about you being medicated at the time you were drinking alcoholic beverages. There is a big difference.)

Well, the expert mentioned three things as to what happens when you drink alcohol while on antibiotic medication.

There is a big chance the medication you are on will not be effective due to your alcohol consumption

Let’s not make life more complicated. Why risk it when you don’t have to? A few days are all you have to wait in order to complete your 7-day antibiotic medication schedule and you just can’t find the discipline to do it?

Sure, every person is different. There are those who are more sensitive physically when drinking antibiotics or alcohol compared to others. But the risk involved is pretty great. Are you ready to face the “unwanted complications” in case the reaction between your booze and the antibiotics develop for the worse? This is what Dr. Blohm was saying. When alcohol and antibiotics interact with each other, the result is a medical complication.

If you’re on antibiotics, it generally means one thing – there is an infection in your body and the antibiotics are getting rid of it for the next seven days up to fourteen days max. You need your antibiotics to be in full force, say, 1500 mg of Cefalexin in a 24 hour cycle to treat upper respiratory tract infection.

Now, if you’re drinking beer while you’re treating your infection, there is a big probability that the medication will not work one hundred percent. Another problem is that because you’re under the influence of alcohol, you might forget to drink your medication. This is another problem.

It is very possible that a mix of alcohol and antibiotics can generate “superbugs” in your system

Doesn’t that sound creepy! Superbugs. SUPERBUGS! I’m thinking giant spiders coming out of your nose and stuff like that. But no, it’s not an insect.

What does that mean? It simply means that because of alcohol, antibiotics may become less therapeutic. In this case, the bacteria will be “immune” to such antibiotics and for next time, it won’t work anymore. That’s the simplest explanation.

This also happens when people drink antibiotics without their doctor’s diagnosis and prescription. They may drink the wrong medication and it creates the “superbugs” complication. Can you imagine bacteria that thrive for a long time just because the antibiotics can’t fight it anymore? That’s a scary thought.

Antibiotics interacting with alcohol may kill you, literally

It doesn’t happen all the time but due to complications, it is a possibility. It depends upon the person’s health condition and of course, how the antibiotics react with the alcohol consumed. These two mixed together inside a person’s body is extremely dangerous and can be fatal. There is no need to try and mess around with it.

Again, the prescription is good for 7 days minimum to a maximum of 14 days. If you really value your health and your life, just don’t do it – don’t drink alcohol while you are sick and while you are on prescription antibiotics. Eat and drink something else other than booze.