Mixing different substances may result in entirely or worse side effects than taking those substances alone. Hence, most doctors advise against taking any drug together without prior research or consultation from experts. Hence, to answer the question of whether we should mix Adderall and alcohol, we will dive deep on how these substances work.

What Is Adderall?

Adderall came from the combination of two salts from the post processing of the powerful amphetamine drug. It was introduced by the US based Richwood Pharmaceuticals in 1996 in its original instant-release formulation. Furthermore, the originally approved use of the drug was to treat ADHD among adults and children

Later on, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug as a treatment for the mental disorder known as narcolepsy or a sleep disorder that causes its victim to experience sleep paralysis, excessive sleepiness, hallucinations, and in some cases episodes of cataplexy. (1)

Furthermore, the drug has been used by students and athletes to improve their mental and physical capacities. This unapproved use was the reason why most sports federations have banned their athletes from using this drug for reasons not related to health problems.

Side Effects of Adderall

Adderall mainly works by causing an increase in the activity of the dopamine and norepinephrine transmitters in the brain. Hence, it can cause some levels of stimulation on the user. Furthermore, the drug has been categorized by the US FDA as a Schedule II drug due to its addictive nature.

Other than its positive uses and addiction, the drug may also cause the user to experience other adverse side effects. Furthermore, misuse of this drug can amplify the intensity of these side effects.

We’ve listed below some of the common side effects of Adderall:

  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon (reduced blood flow to the hands and feet)
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Abdominal pain
  • Appetite loss
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss

What Is Alcohol?

Although alcohol is pretty popular, there are still some of us who do not fully understand how this liquid works. Alcohol drinks are often fermented or processed drinks that contain the chemical ethanol. Strictly speaking, alcohol can be considered as the most used recreational drug in the entire world.

Its popularity largely comes from its part in creating social events more lively and stimulated. Furthermore, unknown to many it can cause the same physical dependence that can come from other addictive drugs. Hence, for some people, it may be almost impossible to get over the “liquid courage” addiction. (2)

Side Effects of Alcohol

Although alcohol is not as controlled as Adderall, it still possesses some of the dangers that the former has. Moreover, as we have mentioned, it can also cause physical dependence. However, there is one reason that it may actually be as dangerous, it is that people more often than not are willing to overlook the dangers of the drink because it may look normal compared to others.

We have listed below some adverse common side effects of drinking alcohol:

  • Confusion
  • Lethargy (feeling of tiredness)
  • Sedation
  • Lack of balance
  • Blurred vision
  • Hypertension
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting

Mixing Alcohol and Adderall

Combining alcohol and Adderall can cause an increase in the intensity of the side effects of both drugs. This is especially true to those that are cardiovascularly related. The mixture may increase the hypertensive effects of Adderall as alcohol has the same side effect.

Furthermore, Unlike Adderall which is a stimulant drug, alcohol actually is a depressant. Hence taking them together can result in the nullification of the drug. Even taking alcohol hours after you took Adderall could still cause the same effects. Hence, doctors recommend that patients only drink liquors the next day after taking Adderall.


Alcohol. (n.d.). Retrieved September 4, 2017, from Frank: http://www.talktofrank.com/drug/alcohol

Narcolepsy. (n.d.). Retrieved September 4, 2017, from National Sleep Foundation: https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/narcolepsy-and-sleep