When alcohol is combined
with other drugs, the synergism, or mixture effect, is stronger
and has a different result on the brain and body than if
the ingredients were taken individually. Synergism refers
to the action of two different effects acting together to
create a greater effect than the sum of the actions produced
by each acting independently.
The effects of mixing
alcohol with other drugs, including marijuana, cocaine,
over-the-counter drugs, etc., can be very unpredictable.
That is why it is very dangerous to combine drugs especially
when driving. The synergistic
effect is not a 1 + 1=2 effect. The results greatly vary
depending upon the amounts of drugs and alcohol combined,
as well as the health, weight and physical condition of