NIH Study: Many Are Mixing Alcohol With Medication

The Hill (1/20, Ferris) reports a study by the National Institutes of Health has found that a “‘substantial percentage’ of people who drink alcohol regularly also take medications that could pose dangerous health risks.” The study says approximately 42 percent of drinkers reported taking medications while they drink that are “known to interact with alcohol” and “nearly 80 percent of people over the age of 65 reported taking medications while drinking.” Dr. George Koob, who director of “NIH’s program on alcohol abuse” states that that “Combining alcohol with medications often carries the potential for serious health risks.”

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— “4 in 10 drinkers mix with medication, NIH study finds,” Sarah Ferris, The Hill, January 19, 2015.

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