The link between cocaine and alcohol consumed successively (not simultaneously), where the consumption of one substance is initiated to calm the unpleasant effects that the other substance has left behind, produces devastating effects.
In this article, we will see what happens when the dynamics of consumption of these two addictive substances mix.
Two types of highly addictive stimulants
Alcohol is a poisonous substance, capable of producing an addiction and even if in the first place it produces a disinhibitory effect, Stimulant, falls into the category of depressive psychoactive substances.
Indeed, after a first moment of production of a disinhibitory action, which stimulates the impulses and blocks the rational thought, alcohol begins to produce a general decrease in the various functions of the organism which we will describe later.
Cocaine is a stimulating psychoactive substance, Which changes the various functions of the body. It is usually inhaled as a powder, but can also be given by injection into the bloodstream or smoked as paco (base paste) or crack, which are the ways in which cocaine can be subjected to heat, like another form would burn. . In all its forms, cocaine is a highly addictive substance.
It can be proposed that the alternate and successive mode of consumption is generally given within the framework of a link of need between the consumer and the two substances, supported by the function that each drug can fulfill depending on the person and the use. which gives it. That is to say: a person you may need to use cocaine to avoid the “bajoneadores” effects of alcoholIn addition to needing alcohol to get out of the state of alteration produced by cocaine.
Effects of alcohol and cocaine use
Excessive alcohol consumption produces:
- Decreased heart rate and respiratory rate
- Decreased body temperature
- Feeling of exhaustion, tiredness and drowsiness, reluctance
- Less attention and psychomotor coordination
With a consecutive consumption of cocaine, the user can try to reactivate his body, his mind, thinking that thanks to this drug, he will find dormant functions due to his intoxication and will thus reach a state of greater “stability”.
The use of cocaine produces:
- Increased heart rate and respiratory rate
- Increased body temperature
- Feeling of euphoria, greater spirit and energy; hyperactivity, physical and mental arousal
- False feeling of increased performance and success, more security and self-confidence
In this way, the depressing consequences of the typical “descent” that occurs in the final stage of the intoxication episode are neutralized.
In turn this state of hyperstimulation generated by cocaine can lead to tachycardia, Muscle stiffness, hallucinations, tremors, dizziness, restlessness, anxiety, panic attacks, aggressiveness, insomnia and resorting to alcohol consumption to “get down” from this feeling of loss of control and excessive hyperactivity.
The emergence of alternative consumption
We are studying the immediate effects of each of these two substances intended for episodic use, to understand why many people maintain this type of alternating use. We keep exposing the various long-term effects of compulsive consumption which are much more widespread than those mentioned (such as for example physical, psychological, restrictive, professional, legal problems, etc.) because they escape the objective. of This article.
In this way we describe how one substance neutralizes the effect of the other without idealizing or forgetting the harmful nature of both. Alcohol and cocaine are psychoactive substances that have negative consequences throughout the body, which will occur depending on how, when and how much is consumed.
Whether an addiction develops will depend on several factors. Addiction is not triggered by the simple act of using a substance, but all addiction begins with simple use.
- Baistrocchi, R. and Yaría, J. (2014) Addictions: Brain, subjectivity, behavior, culture. Ricardo Vergara editions. Bs As, Argentina