Alcohol and Tylenol: A Harmful Combination

Mixing Tylenol and alcohol can be risky. By taking both substances you’re risking such illnesses such as kidney disease, liver toxicity, and/or pancreatitis. If there is a problem with mixing alcohol and Tylenol, alcohol treatment is an excellent option to get yourself or a loved one the help deserved to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Here at Coastal Detox, we pride ourselves in helping patients to get better with numerous substance abuse programs.  


It is also known as Acetaminophen, Tylenol is the name brand. Tylenol is the named brand of Acetaminophen most commonly used. Acetaminophen is best known for its fever, reducing qualities. Tylenol is also considered a mild pain reliever. There are dosages for infants to adults. In moderation, it helps with mild pain and to reduce fevers. Problems occur when the directions are not adhered to. By mixing alcohol and Tylenol, it can have adverse health effects.  

Adverse Health Effects

Mixing alcohol and Tylenol can cause other problems. One of the health problems is it can cause kidney disease. Some diseases that can cause health problems when mixing alcohol and Tylenol, which are detrimental are:

  • Kidney Disease
  • Pancreatic Disease
  • Liver Disease

Kidney Disease

Kidney disease refers to your kidneys being damaged and are unable to filter blood the way they should. It is an extremely serious problem. There are a lot of reasons why people get kidney disease. Alcohol can change the dynamic of your kidneys and the way they function. Kidneys filter out all the toxins out of your blood; this would include alcohol. By drinking alcoholic beverages, this would make your kidneys work harder to keep your blood clean. Tylenol also affects the kidneys in a negative way. Mixing Acetaminophen and alcohol greatly increases the damage to the kidneys, causing kidney disease.

Pancreatic Disease

Pancreatic disease is when your pancreas becomes inflamed. The pancreas is what regulates blood sugar and helps aid in digestion. The pancreas directly regulates the hormones that control blood sugar. A healthy pancreas can ward off diseases that affect the body and ensures proper health and blood sugar control. Alcohol can increase the number of carbohydrates and sugar in your blood, which can affect the pancreas. Tylenol increases the risk of pancreatitis. Mixing alcohol and Tylenol greatly increase these risk factors.

Liver Disease

Liver disease refers to any disruption of liver function that causes illness. The liver can be deeply affected by mixing alcohol and Acetaminophen. Acetephaphen is used for the treatment of fevers and is a mild pain reliever. By mixing alcohol and Tylenol, you can have minor effects such as an upset stomach to severe problems like liver disease. While combining alcohol and Tylenol, you are increasing the toxins affecting your liver. 

Symptoms of liver disease are:

  • Lethargy
  • Jaundice
  • Pain in the upper right quadrant of the stomach area
  • Bruising 
  • Getting sick to your stomach
  • Not wanting to eat
  • Unusually heavy sweating


Lethargy or a stupor is your body acting lethargic or with extreme tiredness. You do not feel like you want to do anything. You are extremely tired, and you are in a state of idleness and inactivity. Being in a state of Lethargy may cause depression, and it definitely has an underlying medical issue


Jaundice is associated with liver disease. Jaundice means that there is a yellowish hue to the skin and eyes. The yellowish hue is caused by an abundance of bilirubin in the patient’s system. In a healthy liver, bilirubin is excreted from the body. In an unhealthy liver, the liver cannot break down the bilirubin, so it is not discarded by the body. What is bilirubin, you might ask? Bilirubin is formed after the breakdown of the red blood cells in your body. Newborn jaundice is caused by high bilirubin. This is due to the liver not fully developed and functioning to full capacity. This condition usually corrects itself within a short period of time. Some symptoms of bilirubin are dark urine, stomach issues, a painful abdomen, chest pains, chills, weakness, and fever. You may want to seek medical attention if these are occuring.

Pain in the Upper Right Quadrant

Pain in the right upper quadrant of the stomach area is another symptom of liver disease. This area may be swollen and irritated, possibly even hard to the touch. If you have this described symptom, you may need to be looked at by a physician.


Bruising in abnormal circumstances is another unusual symptom of liver damage. In conjunction with other symptoms, it may be a cause related to liver problems. If it is believed that you have some of these symptoms listed, medical advice should be sought.

Getting Sick to Your Stomach

Getting sick to your stomach and not wanting to eat are both symptoms of liver damage. If there is a combination of these symptoms along with other symptoms, medical advice may be necessary.

Unusual Heavy Sweating

Sweating heavily, especially for no reason, is a good reason to be checked out medically. This is another symptom that is caused by liver damage. If you suspect liver damage, make an appointment to see a physician as soon as you can.  

Body Systems Working Together

The kidneys, pancreas, and liver all work harmoniously together to get the body in homeostasis. That is to keep your body functioning and all working together. This is to keep your body functioning in a healthy manner. When one organ is not functioning properly, it will cause the other to have problems also. When an organ has a problem, the other organs have to work harder to keep you healthy. Mixing Alcohol and Tylenol or Acetaminophen together does create toxicity in one or more organs. This can cause a breakdown of one or more organs. It is best to avoid alcohol when using Tylenol. If you are someone who drinks alcohol, avoid taking Acetaminophen altogether to avoid health issues and future health issues.

Mixing Acetaminophen and Alcohol Studies

Many studies have shown mixing Acetaminophen and alcohol results in significant hepatic injuries. Hepatic injuries are injuries related to the liver. In one study, Acetaminophen associated with alcoholic use proved to have severe injuries. With Hepatic injuries, there is a toxicity that builds up in the body that cannot be flushed out by the kidney or liver. This toxicity builds up in the body, causing damage. In one study, it showed 67 out of 94 of the people mixing alcohol, and Acetaminophen resulted in injuries to the liver. In this study, it was concluded that 20% of patients with liver disease resulted in death. Another study showed toxicity in the liver after the mixing of alcohol and Tylenol or Acetaminophen for pain relief.


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The Addictions We Help Treat

Here at Coastal Detox, we offer a variety of treatments for a variety of conditions. Here is a list of addictions we help treat:

  • Alcohol
  • Ambien 
  • Amphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cocaine
  • Codeine
  • Crack Cocaine
  • Crystal Meth
  • DMT
  • DXM
  • Ecstasy
  • Fentanyl
  • GHB
  • Opiates
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxycontin
  • Pain Killers
  • Suboxone
  • Tramadol
  • Valium

Avoid Mixing Alcohol and Tylenol 

The mixing of alcohol and Tylenol is not a good idea. Alcohol and Tylenol mixture can exacerbate medical conditions such as Liver Disease, Pancreatitis, and Kidney Disease. The mixing of both alcohol and Tylenol even in moderation can cause health problems. These health problems can be major health problems and, in some instances, can cause death. When taking Acetaminophen, avoid drinking alcohol.  

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