Myths & Facts of mixing Antibiotics and Alcohol
Many fear that consuming antibiotics and alcohol together can impair the functioning of antibiotics. However, it's not true! We are not aiming to promote alcohol consumption, but rather clear the myth and answer why antibiotics and alcohol should not be consumed together. There are many antibiotics that carry the warning “Do not consume alcohol while using this drug”, while many don't.
Basically, alcohol does not interfere with the antibiotics. The problem is, antibiotics are typically for killing microbes that cause an infection. During this process, they also kill the friendly bacteria in the digestive system and thus cause stomach irritation, stomach upset or acidity. Alcohol also disrupts the digestive system, so with antibiotics and alcohol combined, the outcome is unbearable!
Not only that, alcohol consumption makes a person tired and weak. When antibiotics and alcohol are consumed together, the illness takes longer time to heal as the energy level is considerably low. Elderly people suffer more if both are combined, however with younger people the outcome is often not obvious. Scientifically, antibiotics and alcohol together were not a problem except in the case of metronidazole, where it's fatal. However, with both combined, the other associated problems with antibiotic usage like stomach upset or vomiting only increased.
There are various antibiotics that react when combined with alcohol. Using these antibiotics and alcohol can result in illness, fatigue, nausea, headache,cramps and can lead to death in few cases. So it's better to avoid consuming both together, to avoid complications and also to speedup the healing process.