Modafinil and Alcohol: What You Need to Know
Mixing Modafinil and alcohol was never on my agenda.
I’d taken 200 mg of the nootropic and had planned to work all day, but plans changed.
It was 8:00 PM and I’d worked for around 10 hours. My motivation was dwindling, and I’d already accomplished a lot that day.
Then I got a text. My boy wanted to grab beers because the NBA Finals was on. I thought about it. A few cold brews never hurt anyone, even when using Modafinil. So I agreed.
After all, we were in the Dominican Republic. I couldn’t turn down drinking some Presidente Beers at the local colmado while watching the game.
P.S.: This is not medical advice. This is not legal advice, either. I am not a doctor or medical professional. Always consult a physician before taking any prescription drugs – like Modafinil. And make sure to read my disclaimer page too.
See, the colmado is like a small, local grocery store in the DR. They set up chairs and bring out a huge 72″ flat screen when big games are on. And the NBA Finals is always a big game in the DR.
I down five beers that night while enjoying the game with my boy and many Dominicans. My Spanish was surprisingly good thanks to the combination of Modafinil and alcohol.
Then I went to sleep around 1:00 AM without any issue. I woke up the next morning feeling fine. No hangover from the alcohol or Modafinil.
The Science: Should You Mix Modafinil and Alcohol?
While mixing Modafinil and alcohol isn’t a death sentence, I’m not sure I recommend it. Mixing booze and prescription drugs is a slippery slope that can lead to some dangerous situations.
And I’m not the only one who says that. Many a doctor warns against the practice. Just check this out.
However, there’s never much reasoning given to the “why?” in all the literature I’ve found.
Many sites say that mixing alcohol and Modafinil is a bad idea, but there’s no reasoning given. It’s just assumed that mixing prescription drugs and alcohol is a horrible idea.
There was a full study on the effects, but the results were never published. That doesn’t help us.
Overall, you won’t find much information on the effects of boozing while on smart drugs in the medical community.
Generally, it’s considered a bad idea. Doctors don’t want people mixing prescription drugs with alcohol, but the full reasoning isn’t given.
So, what’s the downside of mixing Modafinil and alcohol? What are the negative consequences of such a combination? Let’s take a look.
Here are my observations along with those found on certain online forums:
- You Feel Fine: This could be a positive or a negative, depending on how you look at it. Either way, it can be dangerous. When you drink booze after taking Modafinil, you’ll often feel great. You’ll feel the positive effects of the liquor without any of the negatives. This often leads to over-drinking, as individuals feel fine and do not realize how drunk they are. This usually ends with people drinking well past their normal limit.
- Unknowingly Drunk Quicker: While you won’t feel it, many report getting drunk quicker when taking Modafinil. Essentially, the “body” will get drunk, but the mind won’t feel it. Modafinil suppresses appetite. Thus, many users don’t eat much during the day when taking the smart drug. Then they go out at night drinking and end up getting wasted much faster due to the lack of food in the stomach and the smart drug. The problem remains that it’s almost impossible to feel how drunk you are when taking this nootropic.
- Getting Sick: I haven’t had this issue, but many users report horrific hangovers when mixing alcohol and Modafinil. Some even claim to get sick for a few days after the consuming a combination of smart drugs and booze. That’s not good. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend drinking heavy after taking 200 mg of Modafinil or more, as the hangover could be hellish.
- Long Half-Life: Modafinil has a long half-life. If you take the pill at 7:00 AM, the effects will still be pumping through your body at midnight. As such, you cannot take Modafinil the same day you plan to drink and expect the two substances won’t mix. That’s just not how Modafinil works.
- Not Recommended: Last, but not least – no doctor has ever recommended this combination. To keep things simple, you should try to avoid mixing these two substances whenever possible. Digesting smart drugs and booze at the same time is hard on the body.
While Alcohol and Modafinil is certainly not recommended, there are some benefits to mixing the two.
I’m not a fan, but others have reported:
- Unable to Blackout: When you mix this nootropic with booze, you’ll find it darn near impossible to blackout. You’ll be able to drink a lot without the fear of passing out or forgetting what happened throughout the night. Modafinil improves cognition whether you’re sober or drunk.
- Increased Tolerance: Modafinil will increase your boozing tolerance. You’ll be able to drink more than usual after a day using the nootropic because your mind won’t feel the drunkenness. Some consider this a positive, especially if they’re looking to rage all night long. Personally, I’m not so sure that it’s a benefit.
- Hangover Cure: While boozing on Modafinil isn’t my cup of tea, I’m a huge fan of taking Modafinil on days when you have a hangover. There’s nothing like waking up feeling awful and popping 200 mg of Modafinil. You’ll be productive within two hours instead of sitting in your bed all day.
Modafinil and Alcohol: Three Situations
Alright, so now that you know a little more about mixing Modafinil and booze, let’s discuss three different ways people mix the two:
~ Drinking the Day After Consuming Modafinil ~
This shouldn’t be an issue. Modafinil only has a half-life of around 15 hours. If you take Modafinil and go to sleep – then wake up the next day and start drinking, the effects of the smart drug will have worn off.
You’ll be able to drink as normal without any change in effect, drunkenness, or hangover.
~ Drinking After Taking Modafinil in the Morning ~
This seems to be the most common situation. Someone takes the smart drug in the morning and then goes out with friends in the evening to drink. During these situations, Modafinil’s effects are still in play due to the half-life.
Your tolerance levels will go up, and you should feel fine, but you may get drunk quicker due to lack of food consumption. The following day an awful hangover is common due to the excessive drinking Modafinil allows.
~ Drinking Right After Taking Modafinil ~
Some users report taking Modafinil immediately before a big night out. This is similar to users who mix Adderall and alcohol to ensure they can party all night long. Modafinil will keep you awake for hours on end – no matter how much booze you consume.
This is not recommended. You can end up in a state where you can’t sleep, but you’re so drunk your body needs to pass out. It can be dangerous.
Modafinil and Alcohol: What You Need to Know
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend mixing booze and smart drugs.
It just isn’t a great idea for the body, especially on a regular basis. Use your Modafinil time for productive endeavors and drink on different days.
Modafinil is for work. Booze is for play. Don’t mix the two!