What Are the Dangers of Mixing Molly and Alcohol?

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Young people have embraced the drug MDMA, commonly known as “molly,” and often combine it with alcohol. Both substances have their own risks, but the dangers of mixing molly and alcohol may not be known to those who use them together. If you or someone you love is mixing alcohol with molly, it’s important to understand how potent this combination can be. 

What is Molly? 

The scientific name for molly is methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as MDMA. Molly is a stimulant type of drug that often causes hallucinogenic effects. Similar to what happens with other street drugs, drug manufacturers may mix in other narcotics or non-drug items when they make molly. This increases the likelihood of someone becoming ill or consuming impurities they are not aware are included in the drug. 

Molly comes in a powder that is most commonly used in pill form, although some snort it or mix it into a drink. Molly’s effects typically last between three to six hours, although many people take more than one dosage over the course of several hours, increasing the time it takes before they come down.

Molly is often referred to by slang or street names, which can make it difficult for parents and other loved ones to know what someone they care about is referencing or using. Some of the other names for molly include:

  • Adam
  • Beans
  • Disco biscuits
  • E or Vitamin E
  • E-bomb
  • Ecstasy
  • Happy pill
  • Hug drug
  • Love drug
  • Scooby snacks
  • Skittles
  • X, XTC, or Vitamin X

Effects of Molly

MDMA usage has short-term effects on the brain because it increases the activity of three specific brain chemicals: 

  • Dopamine: Molly increases a person’s energy level and causes elevated levels of happiness
  • Serotonin: Molly boosts a person’s mood and causes a rise in their level of sexual arousal. Users often feel bursts of emotional intimacy and an ability to trust those around them. Increased serotonin levels also affect a person’s appetite and sleep. 
  • Norepinephrine: Molly increases a person’s heart rate and blood pressure, which can become even more dangerous if they are exerting themselves through dancing and other physical activities. 

Other short-term side effects from using molly can include nausea, blurred vision, sweating, muscle cramps, and chills. For days after usage, a person may feel irritable, aggressive, or depressed. They may experience difficulty sleeping, memory problems, and a decreased appetite for food and sex. 

Effects of Alcohol

Though the effect alcohol has on the body differs depending on the person consuming it, some commonly reported effects of alcohol include the following:

  • Feeling dehydrated
  • Spikes in blood pressure
  • Feelings of nausea
  • Sluggishness
  • Trouble seeing and moving

Additionally, drinking alcohol can have an impact on your behavior:

  • Feeling sad or depressed
  • Trouble speaking clearly
  • Loss of ability to remember
  • Decreased impulse control
  • Feeling less self-conscious

What Happens When You Mix Molly and Alcohol?

While MDMA causes an increase in a person’s positive moods, because alcohol is a depressant, it provides the opposite effect. Alcohol clouds a person’s judgment and ability to reason, which can make them more likely to engage in poor impulse control. Because molly also affects impulse control, the dangers of mixing it with alcohol increases the likelihood that a person will engage in extreme physical activity. They are also more likely to act in risky ways, such as driving while intoxicated or having unprotected sex. 

Both molly and alcohol usage can elevate a person’s blood pressure and heart rate. Using the two substances together greatly increases the risk of this happening.  A person who already has blood pressure or heart-related physical ailments may not be cognizant that doing something like dancing for long periods of time can cause a dire medical reaction in their body. Over time, the heart and blood pressure can develop long-term damage.  

People often binge drink while taking molly, which provides its own set of risks. Binge drinking is defined as consuming four to five alcoholic drinks in about two hours. Individuals who binge drink and take molly experience an increased risk of long-term physical and mental health ailments, including:

  • Raised blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Shallow or labored breathing
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion

Another one of the dangers of mixing these substances involves the liver. The liver metabolizes both substances, and having a large amount of alcohol in a person’s system can slow the liver’s ability to remove molly from the body, which can cause a dangerous buildup. When too much molly remains in the system, a person may experience stronger side effects each time they use the drug again. 

Can You Overdose While Drinking and Taking Molly?

Yes, there is always the possibility that one may overdose while drinking and taking molly at the same time. This combination, as mentioned previously, increases a person’s likelihood of engaging in risky behaviors. Due to the lack of impulse control a person has while under the influence of both of these substances, they are more susceptible to taking higher doses of each. This increased usage can lead to serious impacts on one’s mental and physical health, and can even result in death.

The reasons why an overdose occurs when consuming too much of these substances include the following:

  • A person’s liver functions as a filter that processes alcohol and molly. Through drinking more alcohol, the process of getting rid of molly from one’s system is reduced to a lower speed. This leads to more molly being present in a person’s blood and body.
  • Consuming too much alcohol and molly at the same time may lead to organ dysfunction of the brain, liver, kidneys, or the heart. Any one of these situations could lead to serious health issues or even death.

What Treatment is Available for Molly and Alcohol Abuse?

Because of the dangers of mixing molly with alcohol, a person who becomes addicted to these substances requires professional treatment. Talking to the person can let them know that they are exposing themselves to both physical and mental health risks, and you can assist them in getting help. Because younger people often do not understand how dangerous combining substances can be, explain to them the reality of their situation. 

Launch Centers specializes in treating young people who have become lost in the world of drugs and alcohol. We can provide treatment for someone who abuses molly and alcohol and help them get back on a healthy track in their lives. The treatment for this specific addiction typically involves undergoing a detox, which essentially helps you to rid your body of the substances you have been using. When no longer using a substance, there is a high likelihood that a person will experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can range from mild to intense depending on the severity of the addiction and the duration of the usage.

We know that dealing with symptoms of withdrawal can be difficult to endure on your own. That is why, here at Launch Centers, we are dedicated to your overall health and well-being, as well as supporting you in your pursuit of recovery.

Treatment for Molly and Alcohol Abuse in Los Angeles, CA

Many people who deal with an addiction to drugs or alcohol end up abusing more than one substance. If you or someone you love is mixing molly and alcohol, or any other type of dangerous substances, we can help turn your life around. Our program treats multiple addictions in young adults, along with any co-occurring mental health issues. Contact Launch Center today to get started on a new life of recovery.

About Our Founder

Jose Hernandez, for over a decade, has been involved in alcohol and addiction recovery helping people succeed in overcoming substance abuse and regaining control of their lives. He has experience in all aspects of the recovery world, from facilitating entry into treatment as an intervention specialist to counseling and case management at rehabilitation facilities. Jose has worked one-on-one with individuals as a sober companion and with groups as a resident counselor at addiction treatment centers and is certified by the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) to practice as a substance abuse counselor.

Through his professional experiences in crisis intervention, drug and alcohol detoxification, substance abuse counseling, and relapse prevention, Jose has developed a unique plan for case management that bridges the gap between a person’s painful past of substance abuse and a future of sobriety.

At Riviera Recovery, a sober living facility with multiple locations, clients continue their transition from the supportive environment of a treatment center to living well and happily in the “real” world. The program he designed at Riviera Recovery personalizes treatment plans that enable clients, including those with a single or dual-diagnosed mental health disorder, to embrace a satisfying life.

His greatest endeavor has been establishing LAUNCH, a Los Angeles-based life skills intensive outpatient program for young adults. LAUNCH works with recovering men and women to establish personal vocational and educational goals and develop the tools to successfully meet them. His mission is to ensure that no one stands alone in his or her recovery.

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