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 overdrinking, 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.
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