Is drinking GHB better than drinking alcohol

The following information is not to be understood as an invitation to consume!

GHB / Liquid Ecstasy


Written out GHB means gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, but the correct new chemical name for the substance is 4-hydroxybutanoic acid. GHB is closely related to the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). A newer form of the drug is GBL (gamma-butyrolactone), a solvent that is converted to GHB in the body. GHB / GBL is colloquially known as Liquid Ecstasy. However, neither the effect nor the chemical structure of the substance can be compared with MDMA or ecstasy.
In the following, GHB always means GBL.

Absorption, degradation and general mode of action

GHB is mostly sold in small ampoules or vials and then drunk. The liquid has a salty to soapy taste and in its pure form is colorless and odorless. But there are also GHB tablets and powders. GHB is completely broken down within 24 hours.
GHB is an anesthetic with no pain reliever effect; the effect occurs after approx. 10 to 30 minutes and lasts for approx. 3 hours.


Short-term effect on experience and behavior:
The effect depends very much on the dose and is also very different from person to person.

Initially, there may be effects similar to those with moderate doses of alcohol, i.e. slight euphoria, relaxation and disinhibition. Sexual stimulation and the urge to talk can arise.
Hallucinations may occur with high doses.

Physiological effect
Nausea to the point of vomiting and dizziness; occasional headache, muscle twitching;
at higher doses: confusion, motor disorders, breathing difficulties, memory disorders and cramps up to the inability to move.
Overdose: loss of consciousness and respiratory failure.

Long-term consequences

The long-term psychological consequences of continuous use are:
Difficulty sleeping, anxiety. The long-term side effects have not yet been researched.

The physiological consequences of continuous consumption are:
Trembling has been described. Further long-term side effects have not yet been researched.


In individual cases, physical dependence with withdrawal symptoms when discontinuing the substance was observed after long-term high-dose consumption.
Psychological dependency can develop with constant consumption: nervousness, irritability, tension when you stop consuming or, if you become very restless, when you have nothing left or get nothing!


  1. Do not drink milk, it can make nausea and vomiting worse
  2. Incalculable interactions with alcohol (even in small amounts!), opiates and medication (benzodiazepines, barbiturates and antihistamines are especially dangerous - agents against allergies, also as nasal sprays!): Danger to life due to the intensification of respiratory depression!
  3. Mixed consumption generally carries a high risk of incalculable undesirable side effects!


  1. do not combine with alcohol! Even 2 beers can put you in mortal danger (respiratory arrest, circulatory collapse or vomiting when unconscious = suffocation)
  2. never mix with other drugs, especially not with opiates or medication
  3. Ko drops! Also used to rape or rob a drugged victim
  4. The risk of overdosing is particularly high with GHB
  5. Never consume if you have liver or kidney damage, if you have cardiovascular problems, if you are pregnant (risk of premature birth!) Or if you are taking medication
  6. drink enough water
  7. Steer clear of the tax after consumption
  8. Avoid consuming alone if possible

In case of emergancy!

If someone has a circulatory collapse (cold sweat, dizziness, nausea or shortness of breath): Provide fresh air, rest and something to drink non-alcoholic. Talk to the person calmly and slowly.

In the event of vomiting and loss of consciousness: put the person on their side so that they cannot suffocate.
Check your heart rate and breathing, especially if the person has used other drugs. In an emergency (i.e. in the event of respiratory or cardiac arrest), ventilation (stretch your head backwards, shut your mouth, hold your nose with your mouth wide open and give 2 breaths) and heart massage (place your hands on top of each other on the middle of the lower sternum and stretch your arms through the own body weight quickly 15 to 30 times down the chest area 4-5 centimeters).
If you vomit but feel fine, drink water carefully or, even better, drinks containing electrolytes without alcohol! Vomiting draws fluids from the body.

If necessary, call the emergency doctor (telephone number 112) and describe to him what happened on site (especially which drugs were consumed). If someone passes out: definitely call a doctor!
The doctor has a duty of confidentiality, the police do not.

Do not panic and, above all, do not leave the affected person alone!
Don't just look the other way when someone is feeling bad !!