Alcohol and antibiotics: the history of



After World War II, doctors at venereological clinics prescribed penicillins to their patients with strict suggestion - not to take alcohol. By prohibiting the intake of alcohol simultaneously with antibiotics, doctors prevented the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The person who took alcohol, easier to agree to casual sexual intercourse, which entailed an increase in the number of cases.

Antibiotics and alcohol: compatible or not



In addition to a similar historical incident, medicine knows the facts of the lethal outcome with simultaneous reception of alcohol and antibiotics. When a person takes alcohol, his body immediately begins to develop protective enzymes that help to deal with alcohol. In antibiotics there are substances that interfere with the development of this enzyme, as a result of which alcohol is not excreted from the body, but accumulates, forming a poisonous substance - acetaldehyde.


If you take antibiotics and alcohol, you may experience the following symptoms: seizures, choking, nausea, vomiting, fever, or chills, and pressure may fall. This serious complication is called the antabuse effect or disulfiram reaction. It is caused by the following types of antibiotics:

- streptomycin;

- nitroimidazoles: metronidazole, metrogyl-gel, ornidazole, etc.;

- cephalosporins: cefotetan, cefamandol, etc.;

- other antibiotics: biseptol, tetracycline, levomecitin, vibramycin, doxycycline, suprax, etc.

This reaction can be with the intake of any alcohol-containing beverage, incl.and beer. Most often in the instructions to the drug indicates compatibility with alcohol. It should be remembered that no single pharmaceutical company conducts direct tests of the alcohol reaction to antibiotics,it produces medicines for the treatment of diseases, and not for mixing them with alcohol.

Alcohol also affects the functioning of the liver. Taking antibiotics, the liver simply can not process them in time and remove them from the body. In this case, the antibiotic is delayed in the body, which will cause unpleasant consequences for all internal organs. Often antibiotics in combination with alcohol simply do not have any effect, i.e.become useless.

When taking any antibiotic together with alcohol, you should weigh what is more important for you: short-term pleasure from taking alcohol or treating a disease that can go on into a chronic form for life or complicate it with other organs.