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one of my friends, since going to college, has begun socially drinking. she told me that she's taken her birth control with alcohol. is that okay to do? my gut reaction was that taking any type of medicine with alcohol is NOT a good idea, and since the pill is processed in the gut, and alcohol can make your digestive system wacky, i would think it'd lower the ineffectiveness. i really hope she's not doing something unsafe. :-(

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In and of itself that shouldn't make a difference, but yes, the fact that she's taking them while drinking could make it more likely for her to vomit a pill up if she vomits due to drinking.

Overall, though, I'd always advise taking medications with a glass of water, not booze, soda or coffee.

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