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When you’re taking one drug, it can lead to side-effects both in the short and long term. We’ve already written about this topic for ketamine, so you can understand how the drug works and what it can do to your body and brain.

But what happens when you decide to take ketamine with another substance? Is it cause for concern? It all comes down to how the drugs work, and then combine together.

In this article we have written about mixing ketamine (sometimes known as Special K) with alcohol, but we’ve got further articles about different combinations if you are looking to learn more:


Is it safe to mix ketamine and booze?

This is the big question, and you may not like the answer. It can be a risk to mix alcohol with ketamine, even in small amounts.

But both are used at party scenes?

Yes – both alcohol and ketamine may be known to be used at clubs and parties, but that doesn’t mean that they pair well together. In fact, it can be life threatening to take both, and accidents can easily happen too.

Why don’t they mix well?

Alcohol and ketamine are very different types of drugs. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, whereas ketamine is a dissociative anaesthetic and a sedative.


What to be aware of

If you do find yourself in the situation where alcohol and ketamine have been used together, there are some key things to be aware of for safety.

Signs and symptoms to watch out for

A person who has taken both should not be left alone; always have a sober friend on standby for any situations that may arise. Medical attention may be required if any of the following signs and symptoms are observed after taking this combination of drugs; action should be taken quickly by calling the emergency services.

  • Drowsiness
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Loss of coordination
  • Trouble or slowed breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Pale, clammy skin
  • Seizures
  • Collapse

Whilst alcohol and ketamine are different types of drugs, both of them can impact your ability to think coherently. Combined, they may cause a user to be unable to move or communicate properly, meaning that asking for help suddenly gets a lot more difficult.


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If you require urgent medical attention due to the signs or symptoms listed above from the combination of alcohol and ketamine, you should immediately call the emergency services on 999 (UK only).

Delamere is here if you are looking to stop taking ketamine and/or alcohol with the support of our private rehabilitation clinic. We can help you on the road to recovery, giving you the tools to get to grips with your addiction or reliance on certain substances.

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