95% of the people I know who drink alcohol, and who are on medication, are not supposed to be drinking alcohol. Is there a medication out there you can take where it is acceptable to drink while on meds?
I understand that since alcohol is a depressant, it can really mess up the good effects of some anti-depressant medicines and such, but do ALL medications require one not to drink? If so, that seems like an untenable medical position positioned to protect the medical and drug industries from any sort of legal action against them.
It must also be a difficult mixed message to comprehend when your doctor tells you not to drink while on meds, but all the recent scientific research points to the great advantages for your heart if you drink two glasses of red wine a day! People are then forced to make an impossible Gordian Knot decision: Do I prefer my sanity over a good heart?
Most folks I know split the baby to kill the difference: They drink one glass of red wine, thus negating both the right effects of the medication and the benefits of the alcohol.
If you drink or not or if you drink and take meds or if you just drink or if you just take meds — please be wary tonight and tomorrow and forever.
As the year turns to 2007, please turn a kind eye to your fellow human beings around you and watch out for them just a little bit more tonight that you might any other night in the year.
That way we can all stay a little safer and a bit more alive and together we can remain cautiously optimistic about the New Year to come.
Don’t drink and drive.
Don’t take meds and drink and drive. Let’s all work to support each other so we can enjoy the promise of the future — and I’ll be waiting right here hoping to see your smiling face tomorrow!