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surlygirl's avatar

does advil and alcohol really crystalize in your liver?

Asked by surlygirl (363points) March 3rd, 2008

i’ve heard this before, but don’t really understand what it means. i’ve looked at a couple of websites and they all seem to say the same thing: mixing any type of pain reliever with 3 or more alcoholic drinks on a daily basis is likely to cause stomach bleeding and liver damage. nothing about crystals. so negligible damage is done if you combine the two only occasionally?

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djbuu's avatar

mixing anything with anything is really a bad idea. advil and alcohol, hard liquor and beer, sonny and cher, all bad combinations. as a general rule, save your body from maybes and just don’t do it

syz's avatar

I’ve never heard anything about crystals.

buster's avatar

kill the liver thats a good motto to have

bodyhead's avatar

What you’re probably talking about is the link between acetaminophen and alcohol. A couple of frat boys die every year because they take some Tylenol (main ingredient acetaminophen) after a night of binge drinking and die from liver failure.

There was a warning about this at my college. Here’s a edu link here for more information.

I don’t mix the two. I either drink or take pain medication. You’re probably ok if you only occasionally mix the two. I wouldn’t do it anymore.

Either take the pain medication because you have a legitimate problem or drink because you have a legitimate problem. Don’t take the pain medication because drinking makes you feel bad or gives you a headache etc. I would just not drink if I couldn’t handle the after effects.

Another fun fact is pain relievers tend to work better when coupled with caffeine.

charybdys's avatar

Ok, so for the those who really know: what about aspirin or ibuprofen and alcohol. Are they as dangerous with alcohol as acetaminophen?

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