Alcohol Use and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

5. Sometimes I get a headache after drinking. Is it OK to take a painkiller?

No. Drinking alcohol and taking painkillers can be dangerous. For example, mixing aspirin and alcohol can increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach. Mixing acetaminophen and alcohol can increase the chances of liver damage. Read the labels on all medications and follow the directions. Some medication labels warn people not to drink alcohol when taking the medicine. Ask a doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider whether it's okay to drink alcohol while taking a certain medicine.

Learn more about alcohol’s interactions with prescription drugs.