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Before the Christmas parties begin and you enjoy a seasonal drink (or several!), it’s a great time to send out a quick update on the possible effects of mixing medicines and alcohol.

Drinking alcohol when you’re also taking medicines can actually stop the medicines from working, or create a bad reaction that can harm you. Enzymes in your body which process both medicine and alcohol can end up competing with each other, with side effects including making you “drunk” very quickly, building up toxic chemicals in your body which can damage your organs, or completely stopping the positive effects of your medicine so you become sick again.

We don’t want to be party poopers, but we do want to keep you and your family members safe – and enjoying the Christmas fun – so here are a few tips …

Read medicine labels: Have a good read of the label and any other information you receive with your medicine. These should tell you if there are any dangers associated with drinking alcohol while you’re taking the medication.

Lots of medicine = greater risk: If you’re taking a number of different medications then there is a much greater risk that either the effects of the alcohol will increase, or your medications will become less effective.

Talk to us in confidence: Give our pharmacists a call at Clive’s or just pop into the shop if you have any questions about the possible effects of having a Christmas drink with the medications you’re taking.

It’s important for your health that you tell us what type of drink you think you’ll be having over Christmas, along with all of the medicines you currently take including prescriptions, herbal remedies and over-the-counter medicines.

Once you have all the facts you’ll be able to relax, put your mind at ease, and enjoy a quiet Christmas drink – even if it needs to be sparkling grape juice this year!