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Researchers have found that consuming certain foods and drinks with a well-known pain reliever can lead to serious health problems that can lead to death.
Health authorities and companies warn that mixing the drug with certain drinks containing ethanol can have fatal consequences.
According to the Alcohol Change Association (a UK charity that aims to reduce the harm of alcohol), the UK consistently ranks first in binge drinking compared to other countries.
This chemical can also be found in some foods, usually in lower concentrations.
According to a research article published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, reports of hepatotoxicity of paracetamol are increasing in chronic alcoholics.
June 21, 2021, 16:59 GMT
The authors explained that a single dose of about 15 g is usually sufficient to cause a hepatic reaction.
Manufacturers now recommend that people who drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day ask their doctor before taking acetaminophen (paracetamol).
Moreover, hibiscus tea can also reduce the effectiveness of this drug. In a small study, hibiscus tea was shown to reduce acetaminophen levels especially when the drug was taken afterwards.