Things to Never Mix With Alcohol Quiz

By: Nathan Chandler

Things to Never Mix With Alcohol Quiz
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Alcohol is often fun; it's also dangerous in the wrong circumstances. Do you know which things you should steer clear of when drinking alcohol? Take this quiz to find out.
Many fatal overdoses occur each year when people combine alcohol with which drug?
hydrocodone
Your blood pressure may drop or you might simply stop breathing if you mix hydrocodone with alcohol.
cough syrup
allergy medicine

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Since 1999 how much have painkiller sales to hospitals, pharmacies and doctors' offices increased?
tripled
quadrupled
Painkiller sales have quadrupled. These drugs are not safe to combine with alcohol, yet many users do it anyway.
doubled

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By what percentage does alcohol reduce the effectiveness of most antibiotics?
It doesn't.
It doesn't reduce their effectiveness, but in high amounts it will wreak havoc on a body that is healing.
20 percent
35 percent

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When combined with alcohol, which common drug can cause significant liver damage?
acetaminophen
Also known as Tylenol, acetaminophen should never be used with alcohol.
birth control pills
medical marijuana

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You're more likely to engage in bizarre and dangerous behavior if you combine alcohol with which type of drug?
erectile dysfunction medications
sleeping pills
There's also a chance you'll never wake up if you combine alcohol with sleeping pills.
over-the-counter painkillers

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Why should you limit your alcohol intake when using a cholesterol-reduction drug?
It can cause stomach damage.
It can cause liver damage.
Frequent heavy drinking with these drugs can cause liver damage with no outward symptoms.
It can cause brain damage.

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Which organ is responsible for processing drugs like Xanax?
liver
The liver is responsible. Alcohol competes for certain enzymes with anti-anxiety medications, slowing the rate at which your body processes both.
kidneys
pancreas

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True or false: Alcohol interacts in volatile ways with all classes of antibiotics.
true
false
It doesn't react volatilely with all classes of antibiotics. This myth holds true mostly for metronidazole, tinidazole and sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim. But abstaining while you're sick is still solid advice.

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If you drink while you're taking an ACE inhibitor, you may experience which side effect?
very low blood pressure
You may get low blood pressure, and in extreme circumstances you might even faint.
very high blood pressure
stroke

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About what percentage of people who drink also take medications that may interact with alcohol?
23 percent
42 percent
About 42 percent of people do so. If you take medications, you should read their fine print before consuming alcoholic drinks.
64 percent

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Combined with alcohol, which activity can lead to unnoticed dehydration and death?
sleeping
driving
hot tubbing
Hot tubbing and drinking is a common combination, but it can overtax your body's ability to regulate internal temperature, leading to severe consequences.

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What percentage of prescription opioid drug users wind up addicted to their medications?
about 4 percent
About 4 percent become addicted. They are more likely to abuse alcohol, too, and together those substances are hard on the body.
about 8 percent
about 12 percent

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Which class of antidepressants can cause a spike in blood pressure when mixed with alcohol?
monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
If you take an MAOI, you should ditch drinking altogether.
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
neither

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Drinking alcohol while taking an antipsychotic medication can do what?
help the user relax
cause breathing problems
increase psychotic behavior
Booze may actually amplify the psychotic problem.

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Alcohol is associated with 70 percent of deaths that occur during which activity?
swimming
Swimming and alcohol simply do not safely mix.
boating
golfing

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In 2007 how many Americans died from prescription drug overdoses, often when combined with alcohol?
8,500
27,000
Twenty seven thousand people died from overdoses. In some areas the numbers of deaths from legal drug misuse or abuse is greater than those from car accidents.
52,000

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In diabetics, alcohol can cause low blood sugar for how long after consumption?
8 hours
10 hours
24 hours
It can cause low blood sugar a full day after consumption. This effect can make it harder to figure out how to manage your medications and lead to dangerous side effects.

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You may feel drunk sooner if you are taking what drugs?
antacids
birth control pills
If you're on the pill, it's a good idea to closely monitor your alcohol intake, otherwise you might get drunker than you intended.
ibuprofen

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How many milligrams of caffeine were in the original formula for Four Loko, which was 12 percent alcohol?
80 milligrams
120 milligrams
260 milligrams
It was more than three times as much as a Red Bull and caused terrible reactions in many consumers

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Which drug, when combined with alcohol, may lead to irregular heartbeat?
Adderall
Adderall can cause increased blood pressure and leaps in body temperature.
Viagra
Prozac

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Alcohol may contribute to stomach bleeding when combined with which drugs?
ibuprofen
Lowering your alcohol consumption is a good idea anytime you take drugs for pain, including ibuprofen.
antihistamines
proton pump inhibitors

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How long does it take your body to process a narcotic such as oxycodone?
eight hours
10 hours
one day
If you consume alcohol within that day, the two substances could interact in a bad way.

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Why are supercaffeinated beverages like energy drinks dangerous when combined with alcohol?
They temporarily obscure the effects of alcohol.
The amped-up feeling wards off drowsiness and may cause you to consume hazardous levels of booze.
They cause strokes.
They cause sudden drops in blood pressure.

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A 2008 study found that caffeinated alcoholic drinks caused people to be how intoxicated as compared to noncaffeinated alcoholic drinks?
twice as much
three times as much
Caffeinated alcoholic drinks cause three times as much intoxication as noncaffeinated drinks. You're less likely to notice you're drunk if you're full of caffeine.
six times as much

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According to one 2011 study, how many times more likely are you to wind up in intensive care if you combine Ambien and alcohol?
five times as likely
three times as likely
twice as likely
The drowsy effect of both substances makes it twice as likely that you'll hurt yourself.

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What is an effect of combining red wine with Viagra?
There isn't one.
There isn't an effect, but the red wine (or any alcohol) may be the reason a person needs Viagra in the first place.
a dangerous drop in blood pressure
increased risk of stroke

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About how long does it take your liver to process one drink?
one hour
90 minutes
That means you shouldn't take any alcohol-reactive medications in that 90 minutes.
two hours

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Why is it dangerous to mix Adderall and alcohol?
It causes brain dysfunction.
It exacerbates liver damage.
It dulls the feelings of being drunk.
Adderall masks alcohol's effects and can lead to alcohol poisoning.

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Why can mixing alcohol and marijuana be dangerous?
Both can destroy your kidneys.
Both are sedatives.
The sedatives in both substances can lead to reckless behaviors.
overconsumption of corn chips

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According to a study by The Journal of the American Medical Association, riding a bike while drunk increases your chance of injury by what percentage?
2,000 percent
It increase your chance of injury by 2,000 percent. That means when you've been drinking, your bike is only marginally safer than a car.
200 percent
20 percent

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