Date PostedMay 26, 2013

Danger of Mixing Alcohol and Drugs

Dr Gordian Fulde, the head of the emergency department at St Vincent’s Hospital has spoken out about the types of emergencies they see at the hospital especially on the weekend, sadly most of which are linked to drugs and alcohol.

Dr Fulde speaks of a number of disturbing cases which occurred last weekend. One case involved a young woman who had consumed a staggering 13 shots of alcohol which obviously caused her to experience severe side effects such as vomiting. While doing so the women fell backwards and lacerated her scalp, these are the types of complications that can result when a night of drinking goes too far.

This article is a reminder of how the culture of binge drinking has gotten out of hand, especially amongst young people who are hurting themselves and others as a result. It is also costing the economy and the community millions of dollars. Read what Dr Fulde had to say according to :

WE are good at running around. Again another weekend of major community marathon runs.

They end up as great fun for all and we see very few patients from these.

The same cannot be said of the early risers, such as the 21-year-old woman who, at 1am while vomiting after 13 shots, fell backwards, lacerating her scalp with much blood in her hair and all down her dress.

At 5am a very distressed 24-year-old woman from out of Sydney had been abandoned by her friends after a night of drinking. She became very scared.


Dr Fulde goes on to discuss the dangers of mixing alcohol and narcotics which he illustrates by providing a number of examples that landed people in the emergency room, during one weekend alone.

The cases described by the doctor are extremely disturbing and demonstrates clearly why alcohol and drugs should not be combined. Each person is different and the result of mixing alcohol and drugs is unique and unpredictable, which is one of the reasons why mixing the two is such a dangerous risk to take.

Another trend discussed by the doctor is that of groups of people drinking together when fights erupt. This seems to be a common occurrence wherever binge drinking occurs.

The article goes on to explain according to Dr Fulde:

At 6am, a 20-year-old man passed out from a long night of drinking, hitting his head heavily and fracturing his skull.

Smoking marijuana is still widespread, but mixing alcohol and drugs multiplies problems.

At 1am, a 23-year-old man was in a flat drinking alcohol and smoking “synthetic weed” when he went berserk.

He had to be observed in hospital all day until it was safe to let him go home.

And at 2am a 35-year-old mixed his drugs, including GHB – also known as G or Fantasy. He suffered a seizure and was unconscious for hours.

All drugs affect your brain.

Maybe because of the cold winds and nights we saw less fights, but still at 3.30am a 30-year-old man was punched and, when on the ground, was repeatedly kicked in the head. At 4am a group of friends who were drinking together started fighting each other.


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