Adderall and Alcohol

Adderall and alcohol are two of the most commonly used and abused substances in the United States. Both substances are legal, although Adderall requires a prescription. Mixing these two substances can be extremely dangerous, as the effects of both compete in the body.


Adderall is a prescription pill typically used by those who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is characterized by impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. This disorder affects children, teenagers, and adults. Adderall is classified as a stimulant, and is also sometimes used to treat those who suffer from narcolepsy.

Unfortunately, many people fall victim to the addictive nature of Adderall. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found “it is mainly 18-to-25-year-olds who are inappropriately taking Adderall” (1). Young adults are especially susceptible to addictive substances like Adderall, as this age group’s brains have not fully developed yet, particularly in the Frontal Cortex. This area of the brain is responsible for decision making and executive functioning. Thus, when young adults find a prescription they can take advantage of, perhaps from family members or friends, the consequences can be disastrous.

So, how would one know if their young-adult child is abusing Adderall? Some typical characteristics include:

  • Weight loss
  • Excessive excitability
  • Aggression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Running out of prescriptions early
  • Mania
  • Impulsivity
  • Emotional outbursts

Some other side effects of Adderall to be aware of include depression, anxiety, and insomnia. It is important to address Adderall abuse issues quickly, as overdose can occur. Overdose is more common when the pill is crushed and snorted, due to the possibility of heart attack, stroke, or liver failure. Adderall is an effective medication when taken properly for legitimate mental health disorders; however, its potential for abuse is high and the potential consequences are deadly.

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